"Water, Holy Water" (Earth Day 2014)

March 25, 2014

Gift of God threatened by overuse, pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - umc-gbcs.org

The 2014 Earth Day resource from Creation Justice Ministries explores water as a gift from God being threatened by overuse and pollution. Theme of the resource is “Water, Holy Water.”

Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. Some cities start celebrating a week in advance, ending the recognition of Earth Week on April 22nd. Others host month-long events to stress the importance of teaching about the earth’s environment.

Creation Justice Ministries develops Earth Day Sunday materials each year to help congregations celebrate and care for God’s creation.

The Earth Day resource is tailored to specific denominations. John Hill, director of Economic & Environmental Justice at the General Board of Church & Society, assisted in developing the United Methodist version. The 2014 resource consists of 10 pages that include sermon starters, worship resources, and a bulletin insert.

“Environmental Stewardship,” #1026 in the 2012 United Methodist Book of Resolutions, states:

We believe that water is a gift from God that needs to be kept clean. We advocate measures that will address polluted runoff that is threatening to public health; protection of waters for future generations; wetlands preservation to clean water and sustain wildlife; the public’s right to know their water is safe for drinking, swimming and fishing; and effective enforcement against illegal pollution.

Across the U.S. and around the world, United Methodists are engaged in ministries creating just and sustainable communities, the introduction to “Water, Holy Water” states. “Responding to our biblical call, reflecting the particular concern Christ showed for those living on the margins of society, and empowered by the statements adopted at General Conference, [the denomination’s highest policy-setting entity,] The United Methodist Church is embracing God’s economy of abundance and finding new ways to protect the integrity of God’s good creation,” the resource points out.

For additional United Methodist resources and to learn more about the environmental justice and advocacy ministry of the General Board of Church & Society visit umc-gbcs.org or contact John Hill at jhill@umc-gbcs.org.

For more information about Creation Justice Ministries Earth Day Sunday materials, to make a donation, or for additional Earth Day resources, visit www.creationjustice.org or send email to info@creationjustice.org.

For more information on how your congregation can practice stewardship of God’s Earth or for fact sheets on the topics covered in the water resource visit www.creationjustice.org or contact info@creationjustice.org.