Eco-congregation Scotland launches new materials for Creation Time

Eco-congregation Scotland have launched a collection of new worship materials, as part of their support for churches during the period of Creation Time, which begins on 1 September.

Churches can use the worship materials provided by Eco-congregation Scotland to get involved with Creation Time
Churches can use the worship materials provided by Eco-congregation Scotland to get involved with Creation Time.

Released annually, the prayers, blessings, activities and reflections developed in Scotland are used by churches and people of faith around the world.

Additional online material is in preparation, and the Sundays will be grounded in celebration with particular local churches, starting with Greenbank in Edinburgh on 6 September.

The annual event sees Christians around the world celebrate the environment and consider our collective partnership with the planet.

Creation Time runs from the first day of the Orthodox calendar at the start of September until the feast of St Francis on Wednesday, October 4.

People taking part in the online launch
Around 60 people gathered online for the official launch. They shared some of the prayers, enjoyed some reflective clips and had some good conversation.

Spiritual resilience

Rev David Coleman, chaplain of Eco-Congregation Scotland, said: "If Sunday is preparation to live out your faith on every other day the Season of Creation/Creation Time prepares us for Christian mission in a lifetime of environmental emergency, of which the COVID crisis is but one part.

"Spiritual resilience is the gift of attention to the signs of the times."

This year, the ecumenical group led by Eco-Congregation Scotland have developed resources which emphasise responsibility, love for neighbour and planet, urgency, forgiveness, and grace as prime environmental issues.

An ecumenical movement

People from a range of denominations including the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church, the United Reformed Church and the Scottish Episcopal Church worked on the materials.

Creation Time was established in 1989 when the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, which has its headquarters in Turkey, stated there should be a day of "protection of the natural environment".

In the following decade, the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) recommended the proposal and the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania formally endorsed the Christian movement in 2007.

Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: "Christians believe that God created and is creating and that God calls us to participate in this, not least in terms of enjoying the natural world and caring for it.

"There can scarcely have been a time when our role was more crucial than it is now and so I'm pleased to encourage as wide a participation as is possible in Creation Time this September."

To find out more and also to access the worship material go to the Eco-congregation Scotland website.

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