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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from Dioceses of the Episcopal Church

Celebrating a Creation Cycle

From the Episcopal Diocese of Newark in 1994


Resolution on Celebrating a Creation Cycle

RESOLVED, That this 120th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark commends to the parishes and missions of the diocese the celebration of a creation cycle in the Season of Pentecost, during autumn, and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Convention requests the Environmental Commission to develop and make available to interested parishes materials and resources to facilitate the establishment of a Creation Cycle, and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Convention supports the Environmental Commission, the Episcopal Environmental Coalition and the national Environmental Stewardship Team in its efforts to carry this recommendation for the establishment ofa Creation Cycle to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting in Indianapolis in 1994.


Supporting Information:

In 1991, the Church of the Redeemer in Morristown in the Diocese of Newark initiated a "Creation Season" extending from St. Francis Day in October until the Sunday before Advent. The congregation developed a special liturgy with music, readings and scripture related to the Creation and the role of humankind.

In subsequent years, other parishes have followed the example of the Church of the Redeemer. St. Gregory's in Parsippany, St. Paul's in Chatham, St. George's in Maplewood and Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral have developed their versions of a Creation Cycle. The observance of a Creation Cycle has spread to other dioceses of the Episcopal Church.

Further, the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch has invited the church to celebrate September 1st as the Feast of Creation. Judaism celebrates Rosh Hoshanah (the Creation) in the months of September and October. Following our Jewish forebears most Christian lectionaries focus on the themes of creation during the same period.

Many national Thanksgiving festivals (Michelmas in England, Oktoberfest in Germany, Canadian Thanksgiving, Israel's Succoth, and Thanksgiving in the United States) are celebrated in the autumn.

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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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