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Annual Conferences

July 2022 Updates from Annual Conferences

July 2022 Updates from Annual Conferences

Here are some Creation Justice updates from Annual Conferences across the US. Pacific Northwest The Pacific Northwest Conference June 8, 2022 focus session included a discussion recommending passage of Creation Justice related legislation developed by Global...

2022 Annual Conference Updates

2022 Annual Conference Updates

Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference Creation Care Social Action Team Environmental Justice Webinar North Carolina Annual Conference Easter and Earth Day Environmental, Racial, and Community Justice Virginia Annual Conference Green Church Initiative 3.0 Green Church...

Callings

Charge From the Land

Charge From the Land

Charge From the Land  By Jacqueline Anderson I wrote this charge (or blessing) as one of three for the opening of the Center of Ecological Regeneration at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in the spring of 2022. I felt drawn to the invitation to write from...

An Introduction to Arrayed

An Introduction to Arrayed

By Lizzy Case I’m excited to share a little of the story of how I launched my Christian apparel brand, Arrayed. In the summer of 2013, I learned to sew. I had just gotten out of a 6-year relationship that left me reeling and in need of stability. I had inherited my...

A Call to Creation Care Ministry

A Call to Creation Care Ministry

Author: Martha Lyle Ford I grew up “in the country” near a small town an hour from Memphis, raised in a house surrounded by agriculture fields, woodlots and pastures, and in the First United Methodist Church of the county seat town, in the midst of an extended family...

Creation Justice Callings: A Simple Typology

Creation Justice Callings: A Simple Typology

Author: Dr. Daniel Joranko Creation care along with justice has become central to our understanding of our faith commitment as United Methodists. People are increasingly feeling called to serve both in the church and in communities in ways that express this...

A Vocational Call to a Creation Care Ministry

A Vocational Call to a Creation Care Ministry

Author: Pat Watkins As a missionary in Nigeria in the 90’s, I learned a very important life lesson. Because of the isolated nature of our village (even the Nigerians who lived there said we lived at the “end of the earth”), I had to learn to live my life in...

Children and Youth

Partner with Girl Scout Tree Promise

Partner with Girl Scout Tree Promise

Faith has been a part of Girl Scouting since Girl Scouts was founded in 1912. As part of the Girl Scout Promise, Girl Scouts pledge to serve God and to help people at all times. By partnering together, faith-based organizations and Girl Scouts build compassionate girl...

Disaster Preparedness

UMCOR Disaster Responses

UMCOR Disaster Responses

Featured Photo Credit: The Footprint Project Author: Rev. Jenny Phillips Senior Technical Advisor, Environmental Stability jphillips@umcmission.org UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is the humanitarian response arm of The United Methodist Church...

Food Security

Community Gardens

Through the Kindness of Volunteers

Through the Kindness of Volunteers

By Karlah Y. Burton Meet Tiana Hargrove, Volunteer with the Community Garden at Saint Matthews UMC A rising senior at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University majoring in social work, Tiana began working with us in our community garden in February....

Saint Matthews’ Summer Garden 2021

Saint Matthews’ Summer Garden 2021

Caption for photo at the top from left to right: E Albertina McGirt, Karlah Burton, Adrian Fleming (seated) Happy Summer!   On behalf of the Creation Care Ministry (CCM) and Community Garden at Saint Matthews United Methodist Church (SMUMC) we are delighted to...

Agriculture

Food Security in Oaxaca, Mexico

Food Security in Oaxaca, Mexico

A graduate student's essays on food security in Oaxaca, Mexico Kiera Lane is a second-year Master of Arts in Public Ministry student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her concentrations are in both ecological regeneration and pastoral care and counseling....

Agriculture and Gardening Resources

Agriculture and Gardening Resources

Recommended Books The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred BahnsonThe Green Good News: Christ’s Path to Sustainable and Joyful Life by T. Wilson Dickinson Rooted...

Global Stories

Food Security in Oaxaca, Mexico

Food Security in Oaxaca, Mexico

A graduate student's essays on food security in Oaxaca, Mexico Kiera Lane is a second-year Master of Arts in Public Ministry student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her concentrations are in both ecological regeneration and pastoral care and counseling....

Infrastructure

November 2021 Creation Justice Update Newsletter

November 2021 Creation Justice Update Newsletter

This month’s newsletter focuses on energy efficiency with an eye to what our churches can be in a time of climate disruption. The stories exemplify acts of solidarity to reduce the suffering of Environmental Justice communities around the world. The actions around...

Annual Conference Updates

Annual Conference Updates

Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference  To address the climate crisis and reverse global warming, members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference passed a resolution to create a “green conference" and another to endorse the passage of the Maryland...

Efficiency Now!

Efficiency Now!

By Jenny Phillips Quiz: What percentage off their current energy bill can an average church save through low and no-cost energy efficiency interventions?  18%25%30% Answer at the end of this article! Global Ministries is partnering with the US Environmental Protection...

Seasonal

Advent & Christmas

Joy to the World!

Joy to the World!

By David BeersI grew up “low Methodist,” meaning we sang Christmas carols during Advent. One of my favorite hymns to sing between Thanksgiving and Epiphany has been “Joy to the World.” Singing it is easy and fun, upbeat, and full of rejoicing. The title itself...

Shop First for Your Values

Shop First for Your Values

By Crys Zinkiewicz Giving gifts is one of the five love languages. But, culturally, it has been enshrined as the premiere way to celebrate Christmas. As Christians, followers of the Christ, we live counter-culturally, keeping God’s gift of love central as best we can;...

The “Gift” of Christmas

The “Gift” of Christmas

An excerpt from Garbage Theology by Rev. Caleb Cray Haynes Have you ever noticed the cans of waste awaiting pick up on the first trash day after Christmas! Each December our landfills are overrun through the celebration of the birth of our Lord. How does any of this...

Plastic-Free July

The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

There has always been a close relationship between my faith and my responsibility to care for Earth. Maybe the connection flourished on those family camping trips or perhaps in elementary school or Brownie Scouts, but the idea of the earth as God’s gift to us and our...

Season of Creation

The Many Lament With Earth

The Many Lament With Earth

The Many, a progressive, justice-focused Christian band, and its umbrella group Plural Guild had the opportunity to work with The BTS Center to put together a series of “Lament with Earth” events. These virtual experiences provided a sacred space to  express grief for...

Charge From the Land

Charge From the Land

Charge From the Land  By Jacqueline Anderson I wrote this charge (or blessing) as one of three for the opening of the Center of Ecological Regeneration at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in the spring of 2022. I felt drawn to the invitation to write from...