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

  1. Churches with arable land are feeding people with fresh, church-grown produce. Franklin First UMC (TN) and South End UMC (Nashville) are following the first vocation God gave to humankind to “till and keep” the garden and passing on the fruits of their gardening to food-insecure neighbors. Franklin First raised 30,000 pounds of organic vegetables, cut flowers, and herbs in one year on only five acres.
  1. The #1 contributor to climate change is the drastic increase in greenhouse gas emissions (especially carbon dioxide) from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) for electricity, transportation, heat, and manufacturing. Use and advocate for renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.
  1. On April 22 Earth Day celebrates its 50th anniversary. Throw a party! Enlist your congregation in a festival of appreciation for God’s good gift. Invite them to come up with displays, plays, challenges, and chants to encourage faithful stewardship. Download the free resource Earth Day 2020: The Fierce Urgency of Now  (http://www.creationjustice.org/urgency.html). 
  1. Speak up! Comment to businesses and corporations, urging them to find ways to provide products, packaging, practices, and services that do not harm the environment. Also thank them for any of their obvious choices to do Earth some good. Send an email or letter or contact them through their website.  
  1. Stop throwing away your single-use paper napkins. Instead, use cloth napkins and simply toss them into the laundry. Find some distinctive napkin rings to mark each person’s napkin and reuse the napkins a day or two before washing. If you visit garage sales, you can likely rescue napkins and rings from being trashed. 
  1. Jesus told the story of a Samaritan who crossed a social boundary to help a “neighbor.” Today, we are called to care for our neighbors of the future, which means shifting our thinking to cross the boundary of time and swinging into action now on behalf of all Creation. Our children, grandchildren, and their children count on us to be faithful with our Earth.
  1. Confused about climate change? Experts are just a click away. Visit TED Talks on your computer. Type “climate change” in the search bar and learn about both the science and why climate change is a justice issue. Hear what the experts say and make up your own mind.
  1. Wipe right! Buy toilet tissue made from bamboo or recycled paper, so that fewer trees are cut down. Trees take a long time to grow, andthey remove carbon dioxide from the air. Deforestation is a major cause of climate change.
  1. Whales are the new “canaries.” Opening their mouth to filter the ocean water for food, they are getting plastic instead—and dying. Oceans and marine life need our help. Take action—sign petitions, make calls, use social media—to pressure corporations, cruise lines, and local, district, and federal governments to stop plastic pollution. 
  1. Church parking lots make great recycling locations. West End UMC (Nashville) hosts an annual Recycle Day, sponsored by an interfaith group. Church and community members drive through the parking area to drop off hard-to-recycle electronics and batteries, have documents shredded, dispose of prescription drugs, and contribute items to Goodwill. Volunteers greet and assist those who come to recycle.