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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from Dioceses of the Episcopal Church

Celebrating the Creation Season

Proposed in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey in 2008


Resolution to the
ANNUAL CONVENTION
DIOCESE OF NEW JERSEY

 

RESOLVED: That the ____ Annual Convention of the Diocese of New Jersey commends to the diocese and congregations the celebration of a liturgical Creation cycle of the Pentecost Season from St. Francis’ Day to Advent, for the purpose of affirming the sacredness of God’s creation, of spreading hope about God’s reconciling work in creation and an understanding of environ-mental stewardship and ecological justice, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Liturgy Commission of the Diocese be encouraged to study materials on the Creation Season and make them available to congregations, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Diocesan Convention through its delegation propose a similar resolution to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting in 2009, and recommend that the Standing Commission on Music and Liturgy of the Episcopal Church consider a form for such a Creation cycle to be included in the next issue of the Book of Occasional Services.


Explanation:

God the Creator has made the universe with all its marvelous order, its atoms, planets, galaxies and the Earth with its infinite complexity of living creatures. Our Gracious God has filled all living creatures with plenteousness and generativity, and has blessed human beings with the task of the stewardship of the creation upon Earth.

Since 1991, many Episcopal Churches in the United States have celebrated a "Creation Cycle of the Pentecost Season" to honor God the Creator with worship, music and praise for these gifts of life. This practice has spread to churches and cathedrals in the Episcopal Church, and also to Australia where it has become a national religious observance.

In June of 2008, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, joined ecumenical leaders in England in calling for the celebrating of a liturgical period annually in all churches of the United Kingdom to "be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change."

In affirming the Creation Cycle of the Pentecost Season, the Diocese of New Jersey would be taking leadership in the Episcopal Church in the promotion of this important liturgical innovation.

Proposer:

Rev. Dr.Franklin Vilas, Pastoral Associate, St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, Point Pleasant Beach

Co-Sponsors:

Rev. Joan Anders, Rector, Christ Church, Tom’s River
Rev. Margaret Hodgkins, Rector, St Andrew’s Church, New Providence
Rev. Jeffrey Kirk, Rector, Church of the Atonement, Laurel Springs
Rev. Lisa Mitchell, Rector, Christ Church, Shrewsbury
Rev. Joseph Parrish, Rector, St. John’s Church, Elizabeth
Rev. C. John Thompson-Quartey, Rector, St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, Point Pleasant Beach,

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last update: 2008-10-31

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