Introduction

What do people in the pews need to address creation justice? Information, ideas, and inspiration to take action!

Through these brief Tips, you can give them the basics of what the issues are, why Christians should care, and how they can respond to make a difference for all of God’s Creation.

Choose any or all of the Tips. Cut-and-paste to put them in your worship bulletin, your newsletters, your social media, your website, your bulletin boards or monitors. Or save them for a 10 Tips special. The choice is yours.

The service is free. For more information contact Crys Zinkiewicz at tips.creationjustice@gmail.com.

This Month’s Tips

COVID-19 is a creation justice issue. It is also a spiritual opportunity.

These images remind us that creation is always teaching us. We learn from the fox, elephants, turtles, and even our dogs! With each image we’ve also provided a reminder of lessons from our faith.

You may choose to use any or all of these Tips. Cut-and-paste to put them in whatever means of communication you are using to reach out to your congregation, family, or friends.

These images and Tips are free, but please give the artist credit:  Ricardo Levins Morales describes himself as a “healer and trickster organizer disguised as an artist.” His motto is “Drawing the Line for Social Justice.” In addition to his art, he co-leads workshops on trauma and resilience as well as trainings on creative organizing, social justice strategy and sustainable activism.

Learn more about him at rlmartstudio. com.  Creation Justice Tips will continue our regular free service each month. 


You may be able to weather the effects of the virus, but what about people who are more vulnerable? Who is your neighbor? Jesus asks. Staying aware of your surroundings and your own health helps you and your neighbors.

Jesus challenged us to care for the “least” among us, including children, older adults, and others whose overall health makes them vulnerable. What will you do? Let your actions come from your commitment to care for others.

As humans, we crave contact with others. But limiting social contact is an essential means of stopping the spread of disease and also caring for others. However, there are technologies that safely bring people face to face digitally—phones, email, social media, texting, and teleconferencing. Don’t let social distancing become social isolation.

Water is a gift from God. When we hear the liturgy of baptism, we are reminded of God’s “mighty acts of salvation” that have come through water (creation, the ark, the Exodus, crossing the Jordan). Even our Savior, Jesus, was “nurtured in the waters of the womb” and baptized in a river. Our baptism is by “water and the Spirit.” Wash frequently and remember Whose you are.

Lead by example; check in with family, friends, fellow congregation members, neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers. Encourage them to do the same. Help change the narrative of fear and isolation to “we are not alone,” which is a powerful reminder that God is indeed with us.

You may be among the population least likely to be directly harmed by the virus and its consequences, but you will know others who will need help to get through the dangers. Can you reach out through a neighborhood listserve, for example, or make some phone calls? Perhaps you can offer to do a grocery run, to pick up a prescription, or to bring a meal. At the very least, you can practice compassionate listening, allowing others to feel heard and cared for. “Little things” often mean a lot.

Rest is both a necessary element in staying healthy or healing and an important spiritual discipline. When we observe Sabbath, a time of rest, we acknowledge that, ultimately, we need to trust God—not ourselves. Choosing to rest in God’s care brings us the renewal we need to continue the work before us.

Feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, fearful, or down? You and everyone else are in unsettling times like most of us have never experienced before. Your feelings are natural. Accept them and acknowledge that they are not in charge. God is! And you have choices. You can choose your focus. Will it be on the dark cloud or the silver lining? On the forces that push you down or on the actions and beliefs that lift you up? Look for the blessings. Look for God at work.

Read the psalms. We are not the only people to have experienced danger and fear, but the witness of Scripture is consistent: We can trust God. The Word of God leads us, and we can lead by our words. We can speak words of comfort and reminders that our trust is in God to bring us through this time.

In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus tells the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. The judge “who neither feared God nor had respect for people,” finally relented because of the widow’s persistence in asking for justice. She didn’t give up, and neither should we! Keep bringing injustice to planet and people to the attention of the powers that be. Stand up, speak up, step up for justice for the future of all.