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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
PDF: http://gh.cm/295tO83
WEB: http://gh.cm/297Q7e2

Materials for Week 2 – September 11th
PDF: http://gh.cm/29eWQa4
WEB: http://gh.cm/296nzmA

Materials for Week 3 – September 18th
PDF: http://gh.cm/294JGva
WEB: http://gh.cm/2979LuW

Materials for Week 4 – September 25th
PDF: http://gh.cm/29a1ns1
WEB: http://gh.cm/29cSkY4

More details: www.ecocongregationscotland.org/creationtime

 

Please find attached the joint statement of ECEN, CEC and CCEE in view of Creation time 2016.