During Lent in 014, our Church explored the challenges of the environmental crisis and how we as Christians should respond to it. “God saw everything that [God] had created and, indeed, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31). Yet, today we, especially those living in the developed world, are in the process of destroying God’s creation despite being chosen by God to be its caretakers (Genesis 2:15). Scientists confirm that the Earth is undergoing cataclysmic and possibly irreversible changes as temperatures rise from our activities, especially the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Our actions are contributing to an increase in global temperatures that threatens all life forms as well as causing more frequent and more volatile floods and drought. Because Lent is a time of self-examination and repentance, of changing our minds and habits from self-interest back to God, it is the perfect time for us to examine how our activities contribute to the degradation of creation and how we can help stem the tide of its demise.
We met each Sunday from between services from 9:50 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. to learn, share our stories, and pray. Here are the session outlines for the program:
- Week 1: The Glory of God’s Creation
- Week 2: Our Destruction of God’s Creation
- Week 3: Loving our Neighbor — Environmental Justice
- Week 4: Stuff: Consumerism and the Environment
- Week 5: Individual Repentance — The Simple Lifestyle
- Week 6: Prophesy — Bringing the Message to the Church & the World