This Earth Day, the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Programs is marking Earth Day Sunday (the Sunday closest to Earth Day) by stepping back from individual issues, and recognizing how the foundational stories of our faith reveal the importance of another set of relationships beyond the relationship between humans and God-the relationships between God and Creation and between humans and Creation.
Going green is the latest trend in everything from the food we eat to the places we live to the transportation we take to the products we use. With the recent explosion of media attention to the environment, one might think that protecting the Earth is a new idea. It’s not. In fact, Creation care is at the core of our Christian tradition. The deep relationship among God, humans, and the Earth is embedded in the Bible from the start, framing our understanding of who we are as people of God. The two Creation stories of Genesis reveal a clear job description for humans: grow families and communities, care for the Earth as a just ruler would, and till and keep the land (Gen 1:27-31; 2:15).
Copies are now available – to obtain a copy visit www.nccecojustice.org, or contact the Eco-Justice Program office at email@example.com or 202-481-6943.