The Church and the Environment
Love the Creator; love the Creation
We share a passion for the environment with people of all faiths and none. The Earth is our common home.
But we have a special reason – “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24.1)
What we believe
God made the earth and what he saw was very good (Genesis 1:26). He made humans as an integral part of his Creation, to live in close relationship with God, neighbour and the earth. But all three links have been disrupted. Our disconnection from God has led to disconnection from our neighbour and from our earth.
The Old Testament points us to a different and respectful relationship with the earth (eg Leviticus 25:1-4). The Psalms go on to find God in every part of Creation with every part celebrating God. The New Testament declares that the Creation reveals the nature of God (Romas 1:20) and that all created things hold together in Christ (Colossians 1:16-17). It goes on to anticipate Creation’s liberation from its present abuse (Romans 8:19-21).
The ultimate vision is of a new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1). In the meantime we anticipate this by living increasingly in harmony with God, neighbour and the created world.
This means that we enjoy the earth, we wonder at it, we care for it, we share in it and we are sustained by it.
We love the Creator and love the Creation.
The Anglican Communion has identified Five Marks of Mission. All five have implications for our relationship with the Creation:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom – including the vision that all created things hold together in Christ
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers – reminding us all that being Christ’s disciples means being content with enough
- To respond to human need by loving service – including serving our global neighbours suffering because of environmental degradation or climate change
- To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation – including challenging structures that deny access to natural resources for meeting the human needs both now and in the future
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth – to live in harmony with Creation, caring for the natural world and treading lightly on the earth
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