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.
Declaration of Climate Emergency and Encouragement to Observe the Season of Creation
RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE 202ND DIOCESAN CONVENTION – OCTOBER 23, 2021
RESOLVED that the 202nd Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church in Maine calls on Bishop Thomas J. Brown to issue a proclamation declaring a climate emergency and urging churches and individuals in the Diocese to take action for creation care; and be it further
RESOLVED that the Episcopal Diocese of Maine permits and encourages all of our parishes, missions and congregations to observe the Season of Creation each year from 1 September to the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on 4 October. This optional observance permits our congregations to name each of the Lord's Days within this time period in reference to this Season of Creation rather than to the Season after Pentecost. Therefore, the Sunday falling on 1 September, or immediately following it, may be celebrated as The First Sunday of the Season of Creation, or more succinctly, Creation 1. The subsequent Sundays until 4 October may be named in similar fashion. The sequential Sundays after Pentecost would resume in accordance with the established practice of The Episcopal Church on the Sunday immediately following 4 October.
BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the Episcopal Diocese of Maine permits and encourages all of our parishes, missions and congregations to observe this Season of Creation by making use of the various liturgical resources published each year by the ecumenical Steering Committee and Advisory Committee of the Season of Creation. Our congregations are also encouraged, during each year's Season of Creation, to host or participate in at least one ecumenical or interfaith event in their local community that highlights the connection between the earth and the spiritual lives of our people.
RESOLVED that the text of such proclamation will be determined by the Bishop in consultation with the diocesan Climate Justice Council (CJC) and that the Episcopal Diocese of Maine will publicize this proclamation by a letter, addressed to the congregations of the diocese and by a press release; and be it further
RESOLVED that the 202nd Convention hereby commits the Diocese of Maine to the Episcopal Covenant for the Care of Creation, and urges each parish, individual, and organization of the diocese to do likewise; and be it further
RESOLVED that in so doing the Convention encourages parishes to
• Adopt best practices for sustainable living and environmental health
• Appoint an Earth Keeper from every parish to encourage such practices in consultation with the Climate Justice Council
• Adopt a Season of Creation in the liturgical year, lasting from September 1 to October 4.
• Especially involve and invite into leadership of this issue the young people of the Diocese; And finally be it
RESOLVED that this Convention charges the Climate Justice Council to monitor and assist all such activities in the Diocese and to report back to the 203rd Diocesan Convention with an assessment of progress made and challenges faced.
Rev. Elaine Hewes
Rev. Peter Jenks
Emily Keniston, Staff Liaison
Rev. Eleanor Prior
Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece, Chair
For more information email The Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece, Chair or staff liaison, Emily Keniston, Director of Faith Formation.
A Liturgy for You - "Restoring Our World, Our Common Home"
The Climate Justice Council created an Earth Week 2021 Liturgy (morning prayer) for your use! This liturgy was created by Marianne Pinkham, Reverend Canon Eleanor Prior, Anneliese Pugh, Reverend Dr. Jenny Reece and Stephen Ward. You can click here
or on the image below to download the PDF document. Although dated April 25, 2021, this liturgy can be used anytime!
Resolution adopted by the 201st Convention of the Diocese of Maine on October 17, 2020
STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION AND PRACTICE OF JUSTICE/EQUITY
RE: Carbon Offset Program
SUBMITTED BY: Cathedral Public Policy and Environmental Action Team
Read full resolution HERE
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:
Published in 2019:
Learn more! Download this list: Resources from your Climate Justice Council.