Creation Justice Blog

News and Stories From Across the Movement

Search by topic for resources to help you make creation justice a priority in your community. We add new topics all the time so check back frequently!

Most Recent

Creation Justice at General Conference

Creation Justice at General Conference

The General Conference of the UMC is now just a few months off: April 23–May 3, 2024 in Charlotte, NC. Each of us has ways we can prepare and contribute even if we are not a delegate and even if we are not planning to attend in person. Here are some ways you can promote Creation Justice through this momentous United Methodist gathering:If you are a General Conference Delegate Review Creation Justice related petitions and resolutions to be prepared to speak in favor of these proposals with your fellow delegates, in committees and on the floor...

read more

February 2024 Café: Effective Public Policy Advocacy

February Movement Café: Effective Public Policy AdvocacyFebruary 21st 2024 10am PT / 11am MT / 12pm CT / 1pm ETSponsored by the United Methodist Creation Justice Movement, the informal, virtual space of the Café facilitates conversation, connection, and community focused on creation care and justice issues. Effective Public Policy Advocacy for Creation Justice at the State and Local LevelWith legislative gridlock in Washington, working for creation justice policies at the state and local level becomes more important than ever. This webinar...

read more
Pass Legislation for Creation at Your Annual Conference

Pass Legislation for Creation at Your Annual Conference

By Richenda Fairhurst   Annual conference is your opportunity as a United Methodist to have a voice in passing legislation that has an impact on the entire church. You can be an effective advocate in your own church, conference, and denomination. With well over 20,000 United Methodist churches across the US, the actions and values of these churches have significant impact. When it comes to the governance of the church, every United Methodist is a potential legislator. A call for faithful action begun at the local church can become...

read more
Love Your Neighbor Coalition Efforts at General Conference

Love Your Neighbor Coalition Efforts at General Conference

By Mittie Quinn   In our continuing efforts to reach out and spread the Good News to an ever wider audience, the UM Creation Justice Movement has joined the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC). LYNC is a partnership of 15 United Methodist Church-related caucus groups working for a just, inclusive, and grace-filled denomination. Individually, these organizations minister to their diverse constituent groups and provide witness to their specific area of concern. Current member organizations serve diverse ethnic populations, address climate...

read more
Creation Justice and the Revised Social Principles

Creation Justice and the Revised Social Principles

Mark Davies chaired and Sharon Delgado served on the initial team that was convened by the General Board of Church and Society to draft the section of the Revised Social Principles that focuses on creation. Here they explain why they support passage of the Revised Social Principles at the upcoming General Conference.“The great lesson that our blessed Lord inculcates here…is that God is in all things, and that we are to see the Creator in the glass of every creature; that we should use and look upon nothing as separate from God…who pervades...

read more
Resolutions and Talking Points

Resolutions and Talking Points

There are a number of important Creation Justice related petitions and resolutions before General Conference. Talking points in support of some of them are below. A complete list of Creation Justice related General Conference Legislation that can be found in the ADCA is available here. Also be aware of other key issues before the General Conference delegates, including removal of discriminatory language, regionalization plans, and revised Social Principles.The “Encourage Just Partnerships” resolution submitted for 2024 General Conference...

read more
Fossil Free UMC: Walking Our Talk about Climate Change

Fossil Free UMC: Walking Our Talk about Climate Change

By Sharon Delgado United Methodists divesting from fossil fuels and investing in a just and clean energy future.“You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16)Fossil Free UMC is an outgrowth of the UM Creation Justice Movement’s working group on climate finance. Our goal is to urge United Methodist boards, agencies, churches, and individuals to divest from fossil fuels, the primary driver of global heating, and to invest instead in goods and services that support a just transition to a clean energy future. Our first task is to persuade...

read more
February 2024 Tips: Love!

February 2024 Tips: Love!

Five times in Scripture Jesus commanded us to love, turning that word of feeling into a call to action. Usually, the Tips point to actions—the HOW to love. This month, however, pushes us back to the WHY.  As Christians, our love is our response to God’s love. As you center again on the reason, your possibilities for action will become clear. Go, live love! Share these Tips with your family, friends, and congregation. Choose any or all. Forward them to someone you care about. Cut-and-paste to put them with your email signature, in your letters...

read more
MLK the Environmentalist

MLK the Environmentalist

By Andrew Hartley On 21 January, we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. Among the causes championed by this great Christian leader was environmental justice, an important aspect of care for the natural world. It is a tragic injustice, he explained, that those who pollute the least and use the fewest resources are usually those who suffer the most from environmental degradation. That injustice, we might infer, now includes the poor living next to coal-fired power plants, or the Bangladeshis and Vietnamese whose homes and farms are...

read more
January ’24 Newsletter: 2023 in Review

January ’24 Newsletter: 2023 in Review

2023 has given us much to celebrate as a creation justice community. In this issue are reminders of where we’ve been working and where you can continue to find helpful resources for your efforts with solar, green teams, net-zero, annual conference legislation, camping and retreat, discipleship, disaster and resilience, worship, advocacy, and more. Pause for a moment to reflect on what we have done together—as volunteers and Earthkeepers, in conversation with UMC agencies, and at conferences and local churches. 2024 arrives with momentum! With...

read more
Your Incubator for Innovation: Global Ministries EarthKeepers Training

Your Incubator for Innovation: Global Ministries EarthKeepers Training

You are ready to take action on creation care and justice concerns in your church & community, but how do you get started? Become a Global Ministries EarthKeeper! More than just a training, this is an incubation for innovation experience with scripture, theology, justice, project planning, networking, and more.  Your next training opportunity is completely online in March 2024.Apply Now and Don’t Miss it:  https://umcmission.org/earthkeepers (The Fall In-Person Training Dates and Locations to be announced soon) Read more to find out what...

read more
January 2024 Tips: Feels Like Grace

January 2024 Tips: Feels Like Grace

A new year, a new month, a new day.Despite the night, God's sun is faithful.Despite the dark clouds in our world and our lives,God's Son is faithful. Let us "seize the day" with that assurance.Let us respond to the grace of new beginningswith resolve and joy! Share these Tips with your family, friends, and congregation. Choose any or all. Forward them to someone you care about. Cut-and-paste to put them with your email signature, in your letters and emails, worship bulletins, newsletters, social media, or website.January 2024 Tips   John...

read more
Newsletter Highlights to Resolve in a New Year

Newsletter Highlights to Resolve in a New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024 As we plan for activities in the new year, it is a good idea to take a few minutes to consider where we have been in 2023 and where we want to go. To that end, this January Newsletter is a look back with short synopses of each month’s Newsletter for review and refreshment. Catch up on something you missed, or refocus for future action. We invite you to enjoy the memories and be inspired for action in the year ahead.  January - Movement Work Teams and Updates The official launch date for the UM Creation Justice...

read more
December 2023 Newsletter: Advent and Christmas

December 2023 Newsletter: Advent and Christmas

  As Advent begins in the church, in the Midwest over 37,500+ people are following the daily trek of a young moose making his way through birch forests and harvested fields back to his kin and homelands in northern Minnesota or Canada. Rutt—named after a character in the movie Brother Bear—crossed the Iowa-Minnesota border weeks ago, and after braving I-94, as of this writing he has been seen near Bagley, Minnesota. Brenda Johnson, who created and administers the Facebook group, “Central MN Moose on the Loose,” shares her enthusiasm that...

read more

December 2023 Café: Rewilding Advent

Sponsored by the United Methodist Creation Justice Movement, the informal, virtual space of the Café facilitates conversation, connection, and community focused on creation care and justice issues. Rewilding Advent: New Life from Holy DarknessYou are invited to an online Advent service celebrating the wildness of creation. With the Holy Days so much part of our life in faith together, for our December Movement Cafe we will take the opportunity to worship together. Our service will include prayer, song, reflection and communion, and will be...

read more
The How of Christmas: Tips for Greening Your Christmas

The How of Christmas: Tips for Greening Your Christmas

“Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine.” Whether we sing that carol or not, as Christ followers we know our faith and our Christmas celebrations are about love. Where we struggle is HOW to love. One answer is the “greening” of Christmas. This month’s Special Edition of the Creation Justice Tips has 40 ways to look freshly at our gift giving, our decorating, our celebrating, and even our putting away. These small actions can help us identify how to care for creation and for justice, in other words, how to love the Creator,...

read more
Online Global Ministries EarthKeepers Training Coming in March

Online Global Ministries EarthKeepers Training Coming in March

New EarthKeepers Commissioned  57 New Global Ministries EarthKeepers were commissioned online in November. Click here to read the story and watch the commissioning service Online Global Ministries EarthKeepers Training Coming in March On November 20, 2016, Global Ministries commissioned our very first EarthKeepers. In these seven years we have offered 17 trainings in-person and online, resulting in 324 United Methodist laity and clergy across the country becoming Global Ministries EarthKeepers. From projects focused on water and air quality...

read more
November 2023 Newsletter: Engaging the Local Church

November 2023 Newsletter: Engaging the Local Church

  The leaves are changing color, but in this month’s edition of the Creation Justice Movement’s newsletter and at  the Movement Café, we are focusing on GREEN—specifically learning about Green Teams and their important role in caring for God’s Creation and justice. Local churches and their Green Teams can be true powerhouses in this important work. See below for a host of excellent resources for starting, leading, and resourcing new and already-at-work Green Teams. Then join us via Zoom, November 15th, 1:00 pm ET, to hear from Green Team...

read more
December 2023 Tips: Christmas is Special

December 2023 Tips: Christmas is Special

So, here is your Special Editionof Christmas Tips. This month you have 40 tips to choose and use. Share these Tips with your family, friends, and congregation. Choose any or all. Forward them to someone you care about. Cut-and-paste to put them with your email signature, in your letters and emails, worship bulletins, newsletters, social media, or website.December 2023 Tips 4 Sections:Greening Your Gift GivingGreening Your DecoratingGreening Your CelebrationsGreening Your Putting Away "We Three Kings of Orient Are; Bearing Gifts..." Greening...

read more

November 2023 Café: Green Teams and Local Church Engagement

November Movement Café: Green Teams and Local Church EngagementNovember 15th 2023 10am PT / 11am MT / 12pm CT / 1pm ETSponsored by the United Methodist Creation Justice Movement, the informal, virtual space of the Café facilitates conversation, connection, and community focused on creation care and justice issues. Green Teams and Local Church EngagementThe leaves are changing color, but in this month’s Movement Café, we are focusing on GREEN—specifically learning about Green Teams and their important role in caring for God’s Creation and...

read more
Green Teams Resources

Green Teams Resources

Green Team Tips  These 10 paragraphs can guide a new team quickly and smoothly from forming to performing. Start small; regard your pastor as a leader and ally, identify needs and opportunities; use your assets; use your connections, communicate, educate, advocate, practice what you preach, and reach out—all on one page (front and back) puts the team all on the same page. Creating Your Green Team:A Model for Action  This PowerPoint presentation examines the history or the environmental movement, issues facing environmentalism today, and the...

read more
Green Teams Resolution: New Video Walkthrough Available

Green Teams Resolution: New Video Walkthrough Available

By Crys Zinkiewicz It’s one thing to have a positive vote for forming Green Teams, it’s another to form those teams. Recognizing the need for encouraging and resourcing those beginnings, the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Creation Care Ministry Team has developed a 10-minute video walkthrough of the resolution.  After defining the role of a resolution as starting a conversation and moving to action, the video connects creation care and justice to Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience, pointing to the “why” Green Teams are important.  The...

read more
St. Matthews UMC Earn Green Church Award

St. Matthews UMC Earn Green Church Award

The Green Church Initiative of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church By Karlah Y. BurtonNorth Carolina Earthkeeper Fall greetings with love on behalf of the Creation Care Ministry and Community Garden Project at Saint Matthews United Methodist Church, Greensboro, North Carolina! We are in the Northern Piedmont District of the Western NC Conference, UMC.  I am Karlah Burton, member of the Western NC Conference Creation Care Team Ministry, Saint Matthews UMC Creation Care Ministry Chairperson, and a...

read more
Loving People and Planet in God’s Name Update

Loving People and Planet in God’s Name Update

By Bob Downs The Leader's Guide for this Advanced Lay Servant Course includes lesson plans for five two-hour sessions to help lay servant ministers learn more about climate justice, how to talk about climate justice using a biblical and theological framework, and how to work with their communities to do meaningful ministry around creation care.  This course utilizes the book Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action [Second Edition] as a text.  To access these resources - try the following:Leader's Guide Go to The Upper Room Store &...

read more
Building Momentum Step by Step

Building Momentum Step by Step

By Kim RichmondStep 1: Pass the Resolution The Western North Carolina Conference adopted the Local Church Creation Care Team resolution at its June, 2023, annual conference, with no opposition. Passage of this resolution has provided great exposure and marvelous momentum for the Creation Care Ministry throughout the churches and offices in the conference! Step 2: Gather Information From the Churches  Passage of the resolution prompted inclusion of an information-gathering form in the charge conference packets requesting the designation of a...

read more
Meadow Project Brings More Than Hope

Meadow Project Brings More Than Hope

By Cammy Freed   Hope Meadow is a project I undertook after enrolling in the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program in Lancaster County in 2019. The program was an eye-opener for me. I learned so much about nature and biology, which inspired me to create something that would benefit our Hope United Methodist Church, our community, and the environment. My capstone project was to remove the grass behind the church and create a native plant wildflower meadow, which would serve as a refuge for native wildlife and provide an opportunity for...

read more
November 2023 Tips: Saying Thank You

November 2023 Tips: Saying Thank You

In your every day and holiday choices you can express gratitude to the Creator and Creation. Your actions speak loudest.Here are some suggestions. Share these Tips with your family, friends, and congregation. Choose any or all. Forward them to someone you care about. Cut-and-paste to put them with your email signature, in your letters and emails, worship bulletins, newsletters, social media, or website.November 2023 Tips   Keep your garden messy all winter—for the birds! Help them feed through the winter by not deadheading spent blooms...

read more
October 2023 Newsletter: Solar

October 2023 Newsletter: Solar

October News   No More Standing Alone   Did you hear about the October UM Café totally focused on how we can solarize the denomination? What?!?  Seriously? As retired pastors of the Oregon-Idaho Conference, my wife Debbie and I couldn’t have imagined such a conversation ever happening 45 years ago when our rural Idaho congregation was deciding to put a solar hot water system on our parsonage—not in our wildest ecclesiastical dreams! Many of us across the church—standing alone—have been working for this day for 45 years and more. And now...

read more

October 2023 Movement Café: Solar

October Movement Café: SolarOctober 18th 2023 10am PT / 11am MT / 12pm CT / 1pm ETSponsored by the United Methodist Creation Justice Movement, the informal, virtual space of the Café facilitates conversation, connection, and community focused on creation care and justice issues. SolarCouldn't make it? Here's what happened.The October Movement Cafe delved into solar energy, providing information and resources to help facilitate a feasible process for faith institutions to follow in their efforts to transition to clean energy.   Reverend...

read more
Just and Free! Fossil Free UMC

Just and Free! Fossil Free UMC

By Sharon DelgadoTo continue on the way of salvation, that is living in harmony with God, we should begin “by doing no harm, avoiding evil of every kind, especially that which is most generally practiced...”I am the convener of a group that is reviving and revisioning Fossil Free UMC in the leadup to next year’s General Conference, which will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 23 through May 3. Our group will focus on moving United Methodists to divest their financial holdings away from fossil fuels and to instead invest in solar...

read more

Archives