You made the heavens,
even the highest heavens, and all their starry host,
the earth and all that is on it,
the seas and all that is in them.
You give life to everything,
and the multitudes of heaven worship you.”
We have a heart for the care of God’s creation!
Some of our members have lived eco-friendly for decades and their lifestyle, gentle nudging and wise guidance is inspiring more and more of us to follow along on this journey. We recongnise that our daily habits and decisions are as much expression of our love for God, the Creator, as our worship within a church building.
Please browse below for resources and inspiration
… from the Church of England
… from the wider Church
… on creation & the church year
from the Church of England
Resources & Links
- Care for creation at the Diocese in Europe
- The Environment Program of the Church of England
General Synod: Net Zero carbon target
The Church of England’s General Synod in February 2020 set new targets for all parts of the church to work to become carbon ‘net zero’ by 2030.
Members voted for all parts of the Church of England to take action and ramp-up efforts to reduce emissions, and called for urgent steps to examine requirements to reach the new target, and draw up an action plan.
Read more about it, and the full wording of the motion, here.
Stories of environmental action
Tricia and Chris from St. Vincent’s Chaplaincy, Algarve
from the wider Church
- Ecumenical Water Network
Here you can find the ACF homily from 12th March 2023 by Vinod & Dinesh Sunah, the coordinator of the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Water Network.
Also, as a follow-up from this homily, some resources:
Website of the Ecumenical Water Network
Dinesh Suna’s blogpost The Water we ‘eat’
The WCC EWN newsletter “Together for Water” and the WCC Lenten Campaign: Seven Weeks for Water.
Building a grassroots, multi-faith network for climate justice
Visit the greenfaith website here
- Ökumenisches Netzwerk Klimagerechtigkeit
The Ecumenical Network on Climate Justice is an alliance of German church institutions from the sectors of environment and development that aims to strengthen the church’s commitment to climate justice in the church, politics and society.
Visit their website here
- Christians 4 Future
As part of the Fridays for Future movement, Christians for Future is committed to climate protection, justice, peace and the integrity of creation.Their engagement includes working directly in church communities and in the neighbourhood, ecumenically oriented public as well as carrying out our own actions on the topic of climate and environmental protection.
Visit the German Christians for Future website here
A charity for empowering Christians to champion the cause of animals and live peacefully with all God’s creatures
Visit the SARX website here
- Laudato Si – On care for our common home
…is the 2020 appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Download here in English or in German
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a collaboration between the Vatican, an international coalition of Catholic organizations, and “all men and women of good will.” with a truly ground-up approach,
The Laudato Si’ Movement – a global catholic climate movement
through the church year
Reduce Plastic Challenge
Elizabeth Bussmann-Morton, the Environment Officer for the church of England Diocese in Europe invites us to take part in this challenge to give up single-use plastics-to reduce the actions which damage God’s Creation.
Download the action sheet here
40 Days with God’s Creatures
Available via a free and easy-to-use app, the 40 Days With God’s Creatures Lent guide offers you the chance to reflect theologically and creatively about animals and animal issues. This interactive, daily guide will take you on an explorative journey, including the use of biblical and theological readings, art, videos, music, photography and poetry.
Click here to find out more
The season of Creationtide, also known as the Season Of Creation, has its origins in the Eastern Orthodox Church which in 1989 declared September 1st as a day of prayer for creation. Over the following decades, as awareness of the present ecological challenges facing our world grew, this single day of prayer developed into a liturgical season running from September 1st to October 4th, the feast day of St Francis of Assisi.
This season of Creationtide has been embraced by the leaders of the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox churches, as well as by several major ecumenical groups including the World Council of Churches. During Creationtide Christians around the world are encouraged to pray for, and care for, God’s good creation.
Here at the ACF we celebrate creationtide with themed services and more. See the news section of the website for details.
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