EARTH CARE PLEDGE
The Social Justice and Peacemaking Unit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in consultation with congregations and presbyteries across the denomination, developed a five-part resolution as a model for mobilizing congregations to respond to the GeneralAssembly’s “CALL TO RESTORE THE CREATION.” The resolution was simplified to a four-part pledge in 2010.
Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.
- Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation and declare that God calls us to cherish, protect and restore this earth.
- In education, we will seek learning and teaching opportunities to know and understand the threats to God’s creation and the damage already inflicted. We will encourage and support each other in finding ways of keeping and healing the creation in response to God’s call to earth-keeping, justice and community.
- Our facilities will be managed, maintained and upgraded in a manner that respects and cherishes all creation, human and non-human, while meeting equitably the needs of all people. In our buildings and on our grounds we will use energy efficiently, conserve resources, and share what we have in abundance so that God’s holy creation will be sustainable for all life and future generations.
- Our outreach will encourage public policy and community involvement that protects and restores the vulnerable and degraded earth as well as oppressed and neglected people. We will be mindful that our personal and collective actions can positively or negatively affect our neighborhood, region, nation and world. We will seek to achieve environmental justice through coalitions and ecumenical partnerships.
WHY SHOULD WE CARE FOR THE EARTH?
Our faith urges us to strive for eco-justice: defending and healing creation while working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it. This call is rooted in the human vocation of “tilling and keeping” the garden (Genesis 2:15), as well as Christ’s charge to work with and for the most vulnerable. Because of their love for Christ who is firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15), churches are challenged to live in a manner consistent with God’s call to not only care for creation, but commune with creation.
As we move towards being more earth-friendly, we would like to offer our services to any events within the church (receptions, funerals, breakfasts, etc.) using real plates from the kitchen or recyclable plastic plates & silverware. Our dishwashing team would either use the dishwasher for the real dishes or rinse and recycle the plastic ones. If you are interested in utilizing these services, please contact Debra MacGregor at 734-649-1265 or Kiki Farrow at 734-459-3769.
FPCP Presbyterians for Earth Care meets the fourth Tuesday of the month (excluding December) in the Hearth Room through June. We welcome new attendees to the group anytime!!!”
Please check the Earth Care bulletin board for monthly activity updates.
For more information about the Earth Care program,
visit the PCUSA Earth Care Congregation page.