Working for climate justice on God’s good Earth
Here’s the “why.”
Runaway climate change, toxic waste, and resource depletion are threatening to unravel the web of life upon which we, and all God’s creatures, depend. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christians in this diocese are rising up to proclaim God’s love for the Earth, which God pronounces “very good” (Genesis 1:31) and which the crucified and risen Christ gave his life to redeem.
Now is the time to experience afresh our reverence for the Earth, which reveals God’s glory, and to express our concern for our neighbors, here and worldwide, who are already affected by extreme weather events, rising seas, and conflicts over natural resources, such as water. Now is the time to proclaim our vision of a just, sustainable, and healthy world.
Thank you for everything you do to bear witness to God’s love for the whole Creation.
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Take the Pledge to Care for Creation
If you visit The Episcopal Church’s webpage for Creation Care, you will find a Care of Creation Pledge. I hope you will join me in making your Pledge, which can include making a commitment to explore Sustain Island Home and the carbon tracker.
If you knew that making a few simple changes today would bless your children and future generations for years to come, would you make those changes? Of course you would! I look forward to discovering how we can encourage each other to make the changes that will help us express more fully our love for God and neighbor, and our commitment to build a safer, healthier future.
Our Resolution to Proclaim “Good News for All Creation”
Read the resolution passed at the 118th Diocesan Convention.
Resolved, that the 118th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts affirms the Episcopal Vision for Creation Care put forward by Bishop Michael Curry and The Episcopal Church, and calls upon all our clergy and lay members to: take the pledge to Creation Care and “place the care of God’s Creation at the heart of our common life” as we work to grow a (1) loving, (2) liberating, and (3) life-giving relationship with the whole of God’s Creation; and be it further
Resolved, that the 118th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts calls on all our clergy and lay members to meet the Loving Goal #1, demonstrating our love and concern for Earth, by: Getting Out There and enjoying and appreciating the natural world; creating and expanding networks dedicated to the care and protection of God’s Creation; engaging in prayer and worship (sometimes outdoors) and in preaching and formation; and sharing stories of our love for God and God’s Creation in programs for all ages; and be it further
Resolved, that the 118th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts calls on clergy and lay members to meet the Liberating Goal #2, “to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable victims of the impact of climate change, especially women, poor people and people of color,” by advocating for climate justice. Congregations are urged to join with other faith and secular climate action groups to advocate to protect vulnerable people/land/species, and actively to support legislation at municipal, state, and federal levels that would keep fossil fuels in the ground and support a rapid, just transition to a clean energy economy, and be it further
Resolved, that the 118th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts calls on clergy and lay members to meet the Life-giving Goal #3, to support mutual efforts to live more simply, humbly and gently on the Earth and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. A few ideas include, but are not limited to: participating in carbon-footprint tracking programs, particularly The Episcopal Church’s “Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home” carbon tracker; promoting conscious food decisions and, as feasible, moving toward a plant-based diet; supporting local and sustainable agriculture and local land trusts; planting trees; conserving energy and transitioning to renewable energy; and divesting from fossil fuels.
Our Resolution to “Live Lightly On God’s Good Earth”
Read the resolution passed unanimously at the 117th Diocesan Convention.
- Create a Green Team, beginning by naming one or more individuals to serve as liaison with our diocese’s Missioner for Creation Care in order to help the parish strengthen energy conservation and efficiency and encourage public advocacy around environmental issues;
- Undertake an energy audit for all parish buildings in order to reduce the parish’s carbon footprint, keeping in mind that grants are available from the Diocese to offset half the cost of the audit;
- Report back to the sponsors of this resolution before the 118th Diocesan Convention on steps taken and progress made on Steps #1 and #2. Congregations should report progress and accomplishments to the following members of the General Convention Deputation:
– In the Berkshire Corridor: John Cheek (firstname.lastname@example.org)
– In the Valley Corridor: Maggie Sweeney (email@example.com)
– In the Worcester Corridor: Mac Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Green Team” Resources
|Energy Audit Resources|
Interfaith Power & Light
Local & National Resources
TEC Creation Care
Co-op Power/Rays the Valley
Sierra Club MA Chapter’s Peer Outreach Project
TEC Office of Government Relations
Center for EcoTechnology
| The Episcopal Church has been on the forefront of the movement to save God’s earth.|
As part of living into the Jesus Movement, The Episcopal Church has asked individuals and congregations to commit to its Creation care pledge.
Nineteen resolutions regarding the care of Creation were passed at the 2018 General Convention (read more here)
An Opportunity For Which the Church was Born
How can faith communities address the climate crisis?
Trustees of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts Divest from Fossil Fuel Interests
The Episcopal Church Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuel Holdings
Anglican Theological Review — The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Ways to Connect
Margaret’s Creation Care Blog
Creation Care Network e-news
Creation Care FB Group
Missioner for Creation Care
Our diocesan Missioner for Creation Care, the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, represents the diocese at environmental conferences and other gatherings so that the Church has a seat at the table for one of the most crucial issues of our time. Her mission is to mobilize a wave of religious activism within and beyond the diocese to protect and heal God’s Creation. Margaret also reports on climate action opportunities and builds ecumenical, interfaith and secular partnerships.
If you would like to invite her to preach, to lead a retreat, or to speak at your church, please contact her by email (email@example.com) or phone (413/341-3566). Margaret invites you to visit her website, RevivingCreation.org, to sign up for her blog posts, and to join our growing network of faithful Christians in the diocese who want to work together to protect God’s Creation. If you would like to join the diocesan network, please send her an email, giving your name, email address, and church affiliation.
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