Creation Care Justice Network

Creation Care Events

Advent to Epiphany, Nov. 27 - Jan. 6

Advent calls us to rededicate ourselves to our faith and to our tasks as stewards of God’s gifts. Together with the bishops of both Episcopal dioceses in Massachusetts, the Creation Care Justice Network invites us all to "join with Christians around the world to celebrate in prayer and action our Gospel calling to protect the Earth that God has entrusted to our care."

The promise of fresh beginnings that come with the new church year once more ignites in us an ancient longing for life and light, and rekindles our devotion to God’s handiwork in the world.

A passage from Isaiah 35 that is read on the third Sunday of Advent (traditionally called Gaudete-“Rejoice!”-Sunday) proclaims God’s coming in power to bring justice and flourishing to the land:

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing …

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. 

For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water . . . . 

Observing the season

Ice on evergreen Robert A. Jonas, Ice on Evergreen

One way to honor God’s Light amidst the customary holiday glare is to “green” the season and re-ground our lives in the awesome gift of the Incarnation. Let us continue to pray, learn, act and advocate for God's good Earth and all God’s creatures. Rather than getting caught in the frenetic materialism of the secular, let us instead focus our energy on loving and attentive relationships–to God, to each other and to the earth.  

You know best what fills your heart with love, but here are a few ideas to consider. There are other suggestions in the "Sustainable Life" resource list.

Pray:

  • Encourage attendance at the free online Advent Retreat, “Comfort ye, my people” on Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m.-noon.  Register here.
  • If you cannot attend this group retreat, create your own! Spend time outdoors, with music or something else that brings you peace and joy.

Learn:

Act:

  • Look over “Caring for Creation with a Green Advent and Christmas."  This list, developed last year by the Diocese of Colorado, offers ways to “live more gently, gratefully and sustainably on the earth.” Explore ways you and your parish might adopt one or more to help ‘green’ this year’s holiday celebrations.

Advocate:

  • Sign the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, joining with multitudes of people and organizations, including the Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury.  Follow its progress on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
  • Get involved in the work of GreenFaith, a vibrant, multifaith, international coalition dedicated to faith-based climate action across the globe. 

Creation Care Justice Network 

We are Episcopal clergy and lay people across Massachusetts, working together to help our congregations pray, learn, act and advocate on behalf of God's creation and to mobilize a robust, justice-centered response to the ecological and climate emergency.

We recently created a short video that frames our mission: a call to climate action in Massachusetts.  Please take a look, and then sign up to join our network!  Whether you're an experienced climate activist or just beginning to be concerned about the health of our soils, forests, water and air--to say nothing of the human and other-than-human creatures whose lives depend on them--we need your skills and input as we work together to protect the web of life that God entrusted to our care.

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If you join the Creation Care Justice Network, you'll receive a monthly newsletter, Green Justice News.

  • Sign up here to get connected with the network and receive its e-mail updates.

Ready to roll up your sleeves, leap into action and make some new friends?  You're invited to join a working group:

  • Action and Advocacy works with groups such as Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light to encourage church and community action and policy changes.
     
  • Spiritual Practice and Grounding offers prayers, liturgies and practices to engage with creation and a theology that centers environmental wholeness.
     
  • Communications and Networking focuses on developing a stronger network among congregations and diocesan groups around creation and climate justice.

For more information e-mail creationjusticeepisma@gmail.com

If another meeting is more than you can manage, please fill out this short survey to help us learn more about our collective Episcopal community here in Massachusetts.

Meet our diocese's creation care advisor

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas Courtesy photo: Tipper Gore The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas serves as a liaison to the Creation Care Justice Network.  She works in both Episcopal dioceses in Massachusetts and the Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ to build emotional and spiritual resilience as we mobilize action to address climate emergency.  To invite her to preach, lead a retreat or speak in your church, contact her at mbj@revivingcreation.org or 413-341-3566.

She maintains a website, RevivingCreation.org, which includes blog posts, articles, sermons, books, schedule and more.  You can sign up for her monthly newsletter, Creation Care Network e-news and get a message on the first of the month that includes opportunities to learn, pray, act and advocate for the earth.

Massachusetts bishops declare climate emergency

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On March 23, 2021, the bishops of the Episcopal dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts declared a climate emergency.  From their declaration:

“We believe that God is calling us all to embrace brave and difficult change.  Everything we do as faithful individuals and as a church must reckon with the unprecedented emergency in which humanity now finds itself.  

“We therefore encourage all Episcopalians to explore The Episcopal Church’s Covenant for the Care of Creation , a commitment to practice loving formation, liberating advocacy, and life-giving conversation as individuals, congregations, ministries, and dioceses.

“We strongly urge congregations across Massachusetts to pray, learn, act, and advocate as we build a bold and faith-filled response to the greatest moral challenge of our time.”  

Read the bishops’ full declaration and their suggested actions and resources here.

View recordings of four webinars on responding to the climate emergency here.


"For the Protection of Creation": 
Three of the world's top Christian leaders--Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welbe, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew--issued a "Joint Message for the Protection of Creation" ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021.  This extraordinary ecumenical statement calls on individuals to make meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the planet and asks those in positions of power to lead the transition to just and sustainable economies.

Find the full statement here.

Green Loans and Fossil Fuel Free Fund

Diocesan Green Loans are low-interest loans of up to $100,000 that enable congregations to make energy-efficient changes to their buildings.

  • Green Loans are awarded on a rolling basis. 
  • Congregations interested in applying for Green Loans will find more information and application materials on the Green Loans page.

Fossil Fuel Free Fund:  For information about investment opportunities with this broadly diversified portfolio, contact Charlie Jordan, Investment Coordinator, Trustees of Donations (cjordan@diomass.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 307).

Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home Carbon Tracker

Bishop Gates "Sustaining Earth Island Home" video screenshot Click the screenshot above to watch a video invitation from Bishop Gates.

Want to know what your household's carbon output is and how you can reduce it?  Want to get others in your congregation and community to work together to reduce your combined carbon footprint?  The Episcopal Church's "Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home" online carbon tracker can help.

Go to www.sustainislandhome.org, scroll down to "Massachusetts Diocese" and then click on the "Join the Challenge" button below Bishop Gates's video and letter.  The tracker is organized by diocese, congregation, city and region.  

Additional Resources

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Episcopalians Caring for Creation hosted by Episcopalians in the Diocese of Massachusetts

Creation Care hosted by Episcopalians in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts

Episcopal Creation Care hosted by The Episcopal Church

Green Anglicans hosted by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network

Episcopal Climate News