Posted by: NCC Poverty Initiative Director | October 7, 2010

Less than Half of U.S. Church-goers Hear Eco-justice Messages from Clergy

A couple of weeks ago, Pew released a study about church-goers’ political views.   Pew found that 88% of Democrats, 80% of Independents, and 73% of Republicans support stronger safeguards for the environment.

While support for the environment is a non-partisan value shared by the majority of U.S. church-going voters, less than half of the church-goers surveyed said their clergy regularly speak out about the environment.  Only 6% said religion had a key influence on their environmental views.  Among the 47% of church-goers who do hear about the environment at church, only 10% of them hear messages with explicit religious language and themes promoting stewardship of the earth or care for God’s Creation.


Churches that take Creation care seriously are a powerful witness.

In a time of oil spills and rampant pollution-induced diseases like asthma and cancer, why is it so hard for people of faith to use religious language to talk and pray about justice for God’s people and God’s planet?

The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice program can help.  Here are three resources to plant the seeds for a prophetic eco-justice witness at your church.

1. God’s Word about the sanctity of Creation isn’t hard to find in the Bible.  If you need some help picking out passages about Creation, you can always pick up a copy of The Green Bible.  All the verses relating to Creation are in green print.

2. Check out the free down-loadable NCC eco-justice resources for Christian education, worship, Bible study, and sermon starters.

3. Need inspiration from churches that are actively working to heal and protect God’s Creation? Click here to see what churches are doing in your area.

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  1. […] A couple of weeks ago, Pew released a study about church-goers' political views.   Pew found that 88% of Democrats, 80% of Independents, and 73% of Republicans support stronger safeguards for the environment. While support for the environment is a non-partisan value shared by the majority of U.S. church-going voters, less than half of the church-goers surveyed said their clergy regularly speak out about the environment.  Only 6% said religion had … Read More […]


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