“God so loved the world that he gave his only son ...” is not a pious platitude or a simple religious refrain. It is a declaration of God’s purpose and mission in the world from the beginning to this very day. “God so loved the world.” That’s not just about us who are human. It’s about the whole of God’s grand and glorious Creation. 

 

During our church’s 2018 General Convention in Austin, Texas, Episcopalians made important promises to care for the world God loved so much. Many of us are keeping that promise this Lent by praying with and taking up the Episcopal Church’s Pledge to Care for Creation goes live Monday. The pledge guides us to make specific commitments to grow loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with Creation.

 

Thanks to the Diocese of California, our whole church has a new tool to support anyone who wants to make more life-giving choices about how we inhabit the earth. The Carbon Tracker is a web-based application that helps individuals, households, congregations and even dioceses to measure your carbon footprint and take steps to shrink it to fit a sustainable life. Five early adopter dioceses are piloting it this Lent, and by Earth Day – April 22, 2019 – everyone can come on board. I am personally exploring how to use it as part of my own spiritual practice.

 

The app is organized around life choices clustered in five main areas. The choices range from Easy to Hard – everyone will find something here. But there is more here than tech and data. There are links to church-wide creation-themed formation resources. There is space for online discussion. This is truly a community action.

 

If we follow Jesus and his way of love, then we strive to love as God loves, to give as God gives, to care as God cares. And that means caring for God’s Creation, all of it, and all of us. 

 

God bless you, and keep the faith,

+Michael

 

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

One of the greatest efforts humanity will ever make will be the move from the lifestyle of the industrial period to lives of sustainability.  St. Irenaeus in the earliest days of Christianity said that the glory of God is a human being fully alive.  Today we might understand that the fully alive Body of Christ, the active, conscious community of faith, is a further form of God’s glory.  We also know that we need God’s grace to do all we need and hope to do in healing our suffering lives, our suffering planet.

The Episcopal Church has been acting to support care of our Earth, our fragile island home, over several decades, and information about this can be found here.

One tool that has been developed to help us in the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement lead more sustainable lives is the web-based tool, Sustaining Earth, our Island Home.  It is a hopeful, and even a fun app, with elements of games and play within it—in keeping with a world we know is ultimately and always in the loving hands of God.  I recommend Sustaining Earth, our Island Home to you.

As Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reminded us at the Church’s 79th General Convention, at a gathering where the tool was unveiled, “All of God’s creation is interconnected. The love that thrust the stars into the heavens themselves is the same love that gave birth and created the earth itself and all of the earth’s children, wherever they may be.” 

With prayers for blessings on our common work to care for creation,

Bishop Marc Andrus

The weather is changing and we can feel it.  Climate change is happening faster than predicted and already impacting our world with more severe storms, droughts, fires and floods.  These changes impact those with the least resources first and hardest and will affect everyone significantly in our children's lifetimes.  The choices we make in next 10-15 years are very important to protecting our health and our future.  The good news is we have solutions and there is a lot everyone can do to help.  In fact, together we can make a big difference.  The better news – these solutions don’t compromise our quality of life, and can also save money, improve our health and create local jobs.  Join the challenge and learn more about how you can make choices that will help create a safer, healthier future.