Churches in Ireland are being urged to join with Christians throughout the globe in celebrating Creation Time  from 1st Sept – 4th Oct 2010.  Resources available.

Ecumenical background to Creation Time

In 1989 the Ecumenical Patriarch suggested that 1 September, the first day of the Orthodox Church’s year, should be observed as a day “of protection of the natural environment”.

Ten years later the European Christian Environmental Network widened this proposal, urging churches to adopt a Time for Creation stretching from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October. This was endorsed by the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania in 2007, which recommended that the period “be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change”.

Resources

1st September – 4th October 2010

In line with the United Nations’ International Year of Biodiversity, this year’s Creation Time theme is Creation Flourishing – A Time for Celebration and Care

A wide range of resources for 2010, which Eco Congregation Ireland helped prepare, are available on the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website

These include prayers, sermon notes, liturgy, biodiversity facts, resources for children’s groups/schools and action ideas for groups and individuals. They are designed to help churches focus on a Creation theme, either on one occasion or over the five weeks of Creation Time.

Eco Congregation Ireland is an inter-denominational project that encourages churches to adopt an eco approach to worship, lifestyle, community outreach and contact with the developing world. We offer resources and practical suggestions for churches and individual Christians who wish to live out their vocation to care for God’s Creation as part of their Christian faith.

For further info see www.ecocongregationireland.org