Planning for Earth Day Sunday, 4/21

Planning for Earth Day Sunday, 4/21

4/8/2013

Festival of God’s Creation (Earth Day Sunday)

Each year, the General Board of Church and Society, working with the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Working Group, produces Festival of God's Creation resource materials to help congregations celebrate and promote stewardship of God's creation.

Theme for this year's Festival of God's Creation / Earth Day Sunday, "Sunday Morning Sustainability — Eco-Justice Impacts & Opportunities," helps us examine our routines and suggests how to adjust them to create smaller ecological footprints, so we can be better caretakers of God’s Creation and we can improve lives around the world..

2013 Earth Day Resources

Suggested Theme: "Sunday Morning Sustainability — Eco-Justice Impacts & Opportunities"

 2013 Earth Day Resource (PDF download)

As always, this year's resource includes:

  • Background Information
  • Theological Foundation
  • Bulletin Insert
  • Sermon Notes
  • Action Ideas

While this year's resource theme was chosen because of the timeliness of the issue and the critical need to advocate for action to address the global climate crisis, the most important thing is to celebrate the beauty and bounty of God's creation and to recommit ourselves to protecting God's handiwork.

Earth Day Sunday is April 21, but you can celebrate it at any time that may be most convenient for your congregation.

In addition, we remind you that the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Disaster falls on April 24. We encourage you to keep this tragic anniversary in mind if you plan to set aside a Sunday to celebrate the Festival of God's Creation / Earth Day Sunday. Please visit our Gulf Oil Spill Response page to get all the latest resources for you to use within your church or congregation to remember this tragedy. You can also download a Gulf Oil Spill resource off of the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Working Group website. (Free registration required)

From the General Board of Church and Society Web site
http://umc-gbcs.org/calendar/festival-of-gods-creation-earth-day-sunday