Resources on the Climate Crisis
Discipleship Ministries wants to help you raise your congregation’s awareness of our collective responsibility to care for the creation God has entrusted to us. We believe this is intrinsically connected to our mission to form faithful disciples. Christ’s teaching often focused on living faithfully with the resources God provides, and with concern and compassion for the poor. We who have chosen to follow Jesus must be aware that in a interconnected world, our actions and decisions have a global impact. This is clearly evident as we consider creation care and the issues raised by climate justice.
Many may believe that the task of being faithful stewards of God’s creation is too large for one person, one congregation, or even one annual conference to make a difference. In reality, until we see the call to environmental stewardship as part of God’s call in our own lives—individually and collectively—lasting change is out of reach. The resources we are sharing here will help you convince your church and community that their involvement in creation care is an essential part of discipleship.
What Can I Do About the Climate Crisis?
I recently attended the American Climate Leadership Summit 2022, a gathering of scientists, authors, and activists from the United States and other countries working to help accelerate the response to the damage being done to our environment and the resulting climate change. In many of the presentations I attended, there were discussions focused on responding to the question, “What Can I Do About the Climate Crisis?” There are a lot of ways to respond to that question. The answer I heard most often might surprise you: “We need to talk more about the climate crisis – every person, every day, at every opportunity!”
Discipleship Ministries Joins the Joint United Methodist Church Commitment to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050
In the first net-zero commitment of its kind, Discipleship Ministries, along with other agencies of The United Methodist Church (UMC), released a joint statement, “Our Climate Commitment to Net-Zero Emissions.” The collaborative, multi-institution statement pledges to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the organizations’ ministries, facilities, operations, and investments by 2050. “Net-zero” describes the process by which human-caused greenhouse gas emissions can be balanced, or “netted out”, by removing emissions from the atmosphere.
Toolkit for Launching Your Creation Care Ministry
This page offers a biblical and historical foundation for integrating creation care into the life of a United Methodist congregation.
10 Tips to Help Your Church Go Green
The best way for your church to lead your members in a growing consciousness of being good stewards of earth resources is to lead by example.
Worship Resources: 'For the Creation Waits'
Earth Day is April 22 this year, and Sunday, April 25, 2021 has been designated as Festival of God’s Creation Sunday. This could be observed on any Sunday in April or another time convenient to the congregation. But it should be celebrated!
Music for Earth Day and the Festival of God’s Creation
View this list of hymns for your Earth Day and Festival of God's Creation celebration.
Creation Care Children's Message
God's creation is too important to be left to the care of strangers or those who do not worship God. Followers of Jesus are God's hands and feet on the earth!
Review of 'Climate Justice With and For Children and Youth'
This toolkit produced by the World Council of Churches offers best practices for churches with a commitment to children and the concern of worldwide climate justice.
Earth Day 2021: Whoever Has Ears, Let Them Hear
Stewardship of the earth and care for all creation must be part of our personal and communal discipleship. Young people can be key in helping your congregation identify ways to engage in sustainability and creation care.
Earth Day and Beyond: Caring for God's Creation and Encouraging Others to Get Involved
Earth Day and the Festival of God's Creation are opportunities for United Methodist congregations to reflect on the goodness of God’s creation and our responsibility as stewards through worship, education and action. Where do we begin?
Courageous Conversations About Climate Change
These lessons are designed with the goal for participants to be more aware of and assess their assumptions (right and wrong) about climate change.