Creation Care Resources for Your Church

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 Wondering where to find resources for creation care?
Trying to start an Earth Care or Environmental group in your church? 
  
The most comprehensive source is Creation Care section of The Episcopal Church website  It is regularly updated with ideas and links, and also has an email list that you can join. 
 
Other sources are grouped under these headings:
 
 
If you have additional resources that you think should be added to this page, would like to discuss any of the items or have quesions, please be in touch with Sarah Braik, , and/or Liz Parsons, .  Sarah and Liz lead the Cathedral of St. Luke's Eco-Justice/Creation Care team and would love to hear from you!
 
 
Pray
 
The Green Faith Christian Resources webpage has tips, prayers, sermons, music, and journal articles to help Christians integrate care for the earth into worship services and people's spiritual lives. 
 
There are prayers for Rogation, Garden Blessings, and Liturgical Materials for Honoring God in Creation (beginning on p.289) of the online Book of Occasional Services 2018.
 
You can download a liturgy from the Church of the Woods, which is an outdoor Episcopal church in New Hampshire.
 
Ask other Episcopal churches in Maine and you'll find a variety of creative worship services that emphasize the earth, including Celtic evening worship (at St. Alban's in Cape Elizabeth), creation-centered evening worship (at the Cathedral), and special Eucharists in spring or harvest season (at St. Paul's in Brunswick and St. Columba's in Boothbay).  There are more every year.
 
Have a summer worship service outside - like the Mass on the Grass offered together by St. John's in Brownville Junction and St. Augustine's Dover-Foxcroft.
 
Learn
 
Experience the outdoors together as a church and invite the community - plan a hiking trip, picnic, etc. 
 
Rev. Nathan Ferrell at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary in Falmouth has researched Conservation Burials. 
 
Check out the articles and links at the Creation Care section of The Episcopal Church website.
 
The Rev. Jerry Cappel developed the concept of the Deep Green Church.  He says, "We need a shift from seeing this as an environmental crisis to seeing it as a faith crisis."  He recommends a spiritual transformation for each congregation from being a Light Green Church which advocates for creation into being Deep Green Church which is in kinship with creation.  
 
Act
 
If you're interested in advocacy for the environment, check out the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice and join their email list and facebook group. 
 
Host a storm window building project for your community through Window Dressers, like St. Paul's Church in Brunswick did.
 
Build and bless recycling and trash stations, and then teach all the groups who use your church how to use them - like St. Paul's Church in Brunswick did.
 
Create a community garden with and for your neighbors - like St. Patrick's Church in Brewer did.
 
Make your church building green.
 
Connect
 
Come to the Annual Diocesan Retreat at Camp Bishopswood, and spend a June weekend in community on the shores of Lake Megunticook near Camden.
 
Subscribe to the email list at the Creation Care section of The Episcopal Church website.
 
Check out the Creation Care pages on other churches' websites.  Here is the link to the Cathedral's pages
 
If you want advice about starting a group at your own church or creating a web page, you are invited to contact volunteers Liz Parsons  or Sarah Braik  at the Cathedral. 
 
Finally, in the words of Sarah Braik, "Immerse yourself in the natural world...Fall in love with it. You are part of God's creation."

 

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