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Season of Creation 2021

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Christians renew their faith in the God of creation, join in prayer and work for the care of our common home

1 September through to the feast of St. Francis on 4 October 

Season of Creation 2021 theme:

A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God

Season of Creation 2021 Prayer 

Global Ecumenical Prayers: A Home For All? Renewing the Oikos of God Streamed live on Sep 1, 2021

Watch: Season of Creation 2021 

Messages from the Vatican

Read: Season of Creation 2021 Vatican Dicastery Invitation - Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development  

Pope Francis urges participation in 2021 Season of Creation 

Pope Francis invites you to celebrate Season of Creation

 

Resources for prayer and worship

Social Justice Statement 2021-22 focuses on Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor 

This title is taken from a quote from Pope Francis’ letter to the faithful and all people of goodwill in 2016. Included with the Statement are worship resources for parishes, schools and prayer meetings: Ahead of the Season of Creation - NCCA

The Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) has shared their Season of Creation materials below:

 UCA Children & Families Ministry 

  1. 2021 Season of Creation (Season of Creation)
  2. Children and Creation Care (eco congregation Scotland)
  3. Season of Creation: Early Word/Children’s Addresses (UCA) 
  4. Faith Ecology Network: 10 things to do (Faith Ecology Network)  
  5. Faith Ecology Network: a Uniting Church lens (Faith Ecology Network)

 

World Council of Churches 

Season of Creation 2021 - A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God

Visit the WCC Season of Creation 2021 website page

Read: WCC launches resource with good practices on economic and ecological justice

Download: “Walk the Talk” (low res.) or  "Walk the Talk"(med. res.)

 

Five Leaf Eco-Awards

The Five Leaf Eco-Awards are an Australian ecumenical environmental change program specifically designed for churches and religious organisations. Using a series of non-competitive awards the program assists, inspires and rewards faith communities for taking environmental action and becoming more sustainable in response to God’s call to care for creation.

The Five Leaf Eco-Awards encourage holistic action for the environment covering five areas: Building, Worship, Congregation, Outreach, Community Leadership

There are currently six awards available in the program– two introductory awards and four advanced awards.

To earn an award, churches simply complete actions to fulfil the criteria of that award and are then presented with certificates of recognition for their achievement. You can begin the process by filling out this survey on the website.

 

Prayer:  

Reconciling God, Creation and Humanity - An Ignatian Examen

This Ecological Examen is a tool for prayer, reflection and action. Deepen the call to care for creation and the most vulnerable.

Join the Ignatian Family in seeking a conversion of heart to embrace ecological justice and Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home.

Find our more here


SEASON OF CREATION BACKGROUND

1 September was proclaimed a Day of Prayer for Creation by the Orthodox in 1989 and repeated by Pope Francis in 2015.

The season takes us through to the feast of St. Francis on 4 October. Christians of all denominations and locations are invited to participate in an ecumenical Season of Creation.

“Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth” (Laudato Si’, 9).

 

Visit the Season of Creation website to see how we can celebrate creation.  

 

 

Learn more on World Council of Churches website:  https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/events/season-of-creation 

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