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Creation Stewardship - Theology and Scriptural Resources

A Catechism of Creation: An Episcopal Understanding 

The Committee on Science, Technology and Faith of The Episcopal Church Executive Council has drafted a Catechism of Creation. The Catechism is in question and answer form. It addresses three general topics: creation, evolution, and care for creation. It is designed to provide Episcopalians with a deeper understanding of the intersection of faith and science, considering how science has informed and inspired a new theological understanding of God’s relationship to creation and how an ethic of care for creation is rooted in scripture.

In 2005, the Executive Council commended the Catechism to the Church for study in parish education and faith formation classes, Episcopal schools, workshops and other programs. In its current form, the Catechism is a resource for devotion and a foundation for additional endeavors to incorporate celebration of creation into common worship.

Under the direction of The Rev. Stephanie Johnson, a working group of the Committee is considering means to draw on the Catechism to develop a seasonal curriculum for Lent, curricula for youth education, collects for incorporation into common worship, and other means to make celebration of creation and our duty of care more central elements in Episcopal worship. The working group seeks comments and suggestions that may assist its efforts.

The Catechism of Creation is here. Additional resources are on a webpage maintained by the Episcopal Network on Science, Technology and Faith.

 Anglican Communion Environmental Network

The Anglican Communion Environmental Network is an official network of the Anglican Communion. It was established to address the concern of bishops gathered at Lambeth in 1998 that efforts to address environmental issues be given greater visibility and be better coordinated across the Anglican Communion. Downloadable resources on its website include statements issued by the Network, liturgical resources, and theological reflections on creation stewardship. http://acen.anglicancommunion.org/resources/documents.cfm

 Episcopal Ecological Network

The Episcopal Ecological Network has identified a number of liturgies developed by Episcopal Churches around the country for special occasions to celebrate and encourage creation stewardship, e.g., Rogation Sunday.  http://eenonline.org/reflect/liturgy.htm

The Genesis Covenant

The Genesis Covenant is an interfaith initiative to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from religious facilities. Its inception derives from a sermon delivered by Bishop Steven Charleston, at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, Washington, during a 2007 interfaith conference on the environment. The conference sought to build bridges of understanding and cooperation among Christians, Jews and Muslims to find a common expression of support for protecting God’s Creation. In responding to that concern, Bishop Charleston’s sermon challenged every national religious community in the United States to make a visible witness by pledging to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2020.

Bishop Charleston called his vision the “Genesis Covenant” as a way to honor the sacredness of creation as embraced by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike in the Genesis story. He also felt that the image of the Earth as a garden might appeal to people of other religious traditions as well. The word “covenant” is an ancient term used to signify a religious pledge made between God and humanity.

The Genesis Covenant is a pledge made by religious communities to take action to protect the Earth as a holy creation. Pursuant to a resolution adopted at the 2009 General Convention, the Episcopal Church has become a signatory to the Genesis Covenant. A video of Bishop Charleston’s sermon at the National Cathedral on the Genesis Covenant is here. The resources subpage of this site has links to a number of resources for church leadership on the issues of climate change