In Jesus, God so loved the whole world. We follow Jesus, so we love the world God loves. Concerned for the global climate emergency, drawing on diverse approaches for our diverse contexts, we commit to form and restore loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with all of Creation.
- Creation Care, The Episcopal Church
The Council's mission is to bear witness through the people of the Diocese of Maine to the need for justice in our relations with all living things, with those on the margins who bear the brunt of climate change, and with all creation. We aim to advocate, network and inspire through education, action, and worship so that the Diocese as a whole might fulfill its calling to care for creation. The Council will fulfill its mission through:
➢ Advocacy—to promote at the national, state, and Diocesan level justice issues, legislation, and social action
➢ Networking and communication—so that every parish may have resources and knowledge that promote sustainable living and to educate ourselves about other efforts being made by church or secular earth-keeping organizations
➢ Spiritual practices and grounding—to serve as a clearing house for liturgical and theological resources and to promote and encourage their use so that the people of the Diocese may become more engaged in climate justice and discover a deeper relationship with God through caring for creation.
The newly formed Climate Justice Council held its first meeting on February 28, 2021. Made up of 12 members from across the state to date, the Council is already busy at work. Members have provided the Earth Week Liturgy resource you see below, created a policy briefing for a meeting the Bishop attended with Sen. King, and are drafting a climate resolution for Diocesan Convention! Legislative updates are provided by Director of Public Advocacy for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, John Hennessy, who on behalf of the Council has submitted testimony in support of LD 480, a Constitutional amendment ensuring a right for all Mainers to a healthy environment. Two members have been appointed to represent the Council on the Diocesan Justice Commission. The Council will be seeking active youth participation.
A Liturgy for You - "Restoring Our World, Our Common Home"
Resolution adopted by the 201st Convention of the Diocese of Maine on October 17, 2020
Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) Creation Care Series
To make an impact at the magnitude required to slow the damage humans are doing to the environment, action is required on a larger scale than what we can achieve on our own. Sound policy can make the large-scale impact required. The educational pieces below outline evolving policy, from various proposals on carbon pricing to focusing on renewable energy.
Published in 2021:
- The Paris Agreement and 1.5 Degrees Celsius
- Wise Stewardship of Land
- Climate Migration Abroad and At Home
- The Energy Transition
Published in 2019:
- Introduction to the Series
- Carbon Tax
- Just Transitions
- Trade Deals
- Government Infrastructure
- Clean Water
- Renewable Energy
- Environmental Racism
Learn more! Download this list: Resources from your Climate Justice Council.