St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226 CE) is considered the patron saint of animals and the environment. He preached God’s salvation for all of creation and served God by living out God’s call to stewardship of Creation. Once a year we honor St. Francis for his service to God and remind ourselves that we too are called to live and serve like St. Francis, caring for all of our neighbors’ human and non-human alike.
This year St. Francis Day, Sunday, October 3, 2010, is also World Communion Sunday. What better time to reflect on how we are all interconnected parts of the Body of God. Now is the time to start planning your congregation’s observance of these special events. The National Council of Churches can help.
Seeking God’s Grace for the Gulf is a day for congregations and faith communities to remember the Gulf oil catastrophe, pray for our brothers and sisters in the Gulf Coast, and reflect on our personal connection to the what is the largest oil spill in US history. Download resources to help you and your congregation join in this day, whether it be through worship, music, prayer, education or other activities.
In reflecting on the tragedy in the Gulf Coast consider your relationship and the relationship of your congregation to God’s Creation in your own back door. How are we impacting our own watersheds? Download Water Stewards: a Toolkit for Congregational Care of Local watersheds, for additional resources worship, education, and congregational stewardship.
Congregations in the Chesapeake Bay can download the series, Stewards of the Bay which includes the Stewards of the Bay worship and education toolkit, Sacred Waters: an adult education curriculum, Lifestyles of Stewardship: a Toolkit for Congregational Action, and an Affirmation for Eco-Justice. Click here for more information on the NCC’s work in the Chesapeake Bay