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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from Dioceses of the Episcopal Church

Celebrating the Creation Season

Proposed in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark in 2008


Resolution to the 76th General Convention
Anaheim, CA, 2009

RESOLVED, That this 135th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark submit the following resolution to the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church to be held in Anaheim, California in July, 2009:

Resolved, The House of ______ concurring, that the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal commends to dioceses and congregations the celebration of a liturgical Creation cycle of at least four weeks in length at an appropriate time during the liturgical year 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 environmental stewardship and ecological justice, and be it further

Resolved, That the Music and Liturgy Commission of The Episcopal Church be encouraged to consider a form for such a Creation cycle to be distributed in an appropriate form, and be it further

Resolved, That the convention affirms the work of the Episcopal Ecological Network in its efforts to encourage "Green Teams" in congregations and to make available resources for the celebrating of a Creation Cycle throughout the Church.

 



Explanation:

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. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has joined ecumenical leaders the world over in calling for the celebrating of a liturgical period annually to recognize the human role as workers to preserve God’s Creation. Using such liturgies annually would enable Episcopalians to appreciate the God given responsibility to care for God’s creation.

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The General Convention Deputies and Alternates

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The EpEN is a national network of active lay and clergy persons within the Episcopal Church, USA, who share a common concern for the environment and a common belief in the presence of God in all Creation and who work to make these concerns and beliefs known throughout all Provinces and Dioceses within the church.  Members come from around the Episcopal Church USA.  The activities of the EpEN are focused on the areas of Reflection, Education, and Action. 

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