Join us in celebrating Integrity of Creation Sunday on April 18th and Earth Day on April 22nd in your community and congregation. This is a time to remember we are entrusted with God's marvelous handiwork. We hold it in common so that all may enjoy and praise in this generation and in years to come.
As communities across the U.S. celebrate creation, we can look back in history and discover yet another UCC first. Twenty years ago, on the eve of Earth Day 1987, the United Church of Christ's Commission for Racial Justice published a landmark report, "Toxic Waste and Race." For the first time in history, the disproportionate burden borne by African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American communities as the "dumping grounds" for our nation's waste and pollution was documented.
Here are some resources to use as you mark this day:
- Pray and be inspired by our calendar of prayer resources
- Read Eco-Faith, by Charlene Hosenfeld, a user-friendly guide for pastors, church leaders, congregations, and individuals to facilitate understanding of environmental issues as they relate to caring for the whole of God's creation.
- Download the National Council of Churches Earth Day Sunday resource, Sacred Spaces and an Abundant Life: Worship Spaces as Stewardship.
- Join with Interfaith Power and Light to take action in your community
- Have your congregation take the carbon footprint quiz
- Participate in the GreenFaith Environmental certification program