As we enter the final week of Creation Time our Weekly Focus is again based on the resources produced by Eco-Congregation Scotland. With recent news saying that the world is ‘nowhere near on track’ to avoid warming beyond the 1.5C target, action on climate change is more urgent than ever. Here we ask whether we should open ourselves up to working with others of different faiths, for the common good?
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 (ECEN) widened this proposal, urging churches to adopt a Time for Creation stretching from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October and 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".
Since 2008, CTBI has published resources for Creation Time produced by the churches.
Current material and resources from recent years are available to download on this website:
Resources from 2008 to 2013 are available on our archive website at www.ctbiarchive.org/295
As we enter the third week of Creation Time our reflection is based on the resources produced by Eco Congregation Scotland. It follows the theme ‘Passing our Planet on: God’s gift to us’, linking to Scotland’s Year of Young People. The theme reflects on our planet passing on from one generation to the next, and the gifts given to us by God to support and guide us in our care for creation.
The issue 1 September to 4 October each year has been designated as a time for the Church to consider care for the environment. 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”. The proposal […]
With a month to go to Creation Time (also known by other similar names), recently endorsed by Church leaders from around the world including the Archbishop of Canterbury, we reflect on biodiversity – the variety of life on Earth.
1 September – 4 October 2018. Download resources to observe Creation Time or the Season of Creation 2018. Here we provide links to materials produced by the churches and other groups. A Rocha UK. A Rocha UK is encouraging churches to celebrate Creation Time 2018 by holding a Green Communion – a communion service that […]
Churches and Christians are encouraged to celebrate the Time for Creation together between 1 September – 4 October 2017, and 1 September as the Day for Creation, by the Conference of European Churches (CEC), Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN). ‘Recent developments remind of the growing urgency of […]
1 September – 4 October 2017. Download resources to observe Creation Time 2017. Here we provide links to materials produced by the churches and other groups for Creation Time 2017. Eco-congregation Scotland Resources for Creation Time 2017 come from an ecumenical writing group, with contributors from the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church, The […]
1 September – 4 October 2016 Download resources to observe Creation Time 2016. Here we will provide links to materials produced by the churches and other groups for Creation Time 2016. Eco-congregation Scotland An ecumenical writing group has written worship material for Creation Time 2016. Contributors come from the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal […]
The Church of England’s lead Bishop for the environment, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, is calling on congregations to join Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew, members of the global Anglican Church and Christians around the world to fast and pray for the care of creation on 1 September. 1 September is also the first day of […]
We’re grateful to Eco Congregation Ireland for providing a service of prayer and reflection, plus prayers of intercession for Creation Time 2015. The service can be printed as an A5 pamphlet on A4 paper. Word versions of the service and the prayers are available so you can customise the material as required. They can be […]