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Time for Creation 2016
1 September to 4 October is Time for Creation. The beginning and the end date of Time for Creation are linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity, respectively.
September 1st was proclaimed as a day of prayer for the environment by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. The Orthodox church year starts that day with a commemoration of how God created the world. On 4 October, Roman Catholics and other churches from the Western traditions commemorate Francis of Assisi, known to many as the author of the Canticle of the Creatures.
The proposal to celebrate a Time for Creation during these five weeks was made by the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007. The following year, the WCC Central Committee invited churches to observe Time for Creation through prayers and actions. In 2015, Pope Francis has designated September 1st as a World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation for the worldwide Roman Catholic Church as well.
Liturgical resources available here: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/what-we-do/climate-change/time-for-creation
Materials of Eco-Congregation Scotland
Eco-Congregation Scotland has published material for use by congregations during Creation Time 2016. The material comes from an ecumenical writing group, with contributors from the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the United Reformed Church.
It follows the theme, Followers of Jesus, Caring for Creation, emphasising the readings from the Gospel of Luke which appear in the Revised Common Lectionary in September.
Materials for Week 1 – September 4th
Materials for Week 2 – September 11th
Materials for Week 3 – September 18th
Materials for Week 4 – September 25th
More details: www.ecocongregationscotland.org/creationtime
Please find attached the joint statement of ECEN, CEC and CCEE in view of Creation time 2016.
Churches in Europe
Church of EnglandEvangelical Lutheran Church of FinlandNorthelbian Lutheran Church in GermanyProtestant Church in Germany (EKD)Evangelical Lutheran Church of NorwayCatholic Church in HungaryEvangelical-Lutheran Church in HungaryReformed Church in HungaryChurch of Sweden
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland National Council of Churches in Denmark World Council of Churches - Climate programmeA RochaQuaker Council for European Affairs - Sustainable Energy Blog Catholic Ecology Forum EuropeCzech Christian Environmental Network Operation Noah Eco-Congregation Green Christian Argeschoepfungsverantwortung NCC USA - Eco-Justice Programmes Season of creation ChurchCare-Shrinking the footprint EcoChurch Southwest