“As people of faith, we are called to live in right relationship with creation and not exhaust it.”

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In 1989, Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I declared 1 September as a day of prayer for the care of creation. In the following years, other Christian World Communions endorsed this initiative, and today many churches in the ecumenical family observe the “Season of Creation” (also known as Creation Time) between 1 September and 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, as observed by some Western traditions. 

During the Season of Creation, the LWF has joined our ecumenical family in hosting joint creation themed worship, a webinar on biodiversity, launching a global photo exhibition on biodiversity and the Bible, and an online prayer to close the season on 4 October, at 15:00 GMT+1 (10:00 EST).

For the Lutheran communion, this liturgical season of prayer and action has become an opportunity to affirm LWF’s commitment to address a central crisis of our time—climate change. Echoing our governing body decisions since 1977, the Twelfth LWF Assembly affirmed “that the global ecological crisis, including climate change is, human-induced. It is a spiritual matter. As people of faith, we are called to live in right relationship with creation and not exhaust it.”

Honoring this commitment, the LWF invites its member churches worldwide to join in the annual “Season of Creation” campaign. The 2019 focus on biodiversity and the web of life gives special attention to nurturing the ecological identity of Christians and the human vocation to care for creation. 

Find an ecumenical prayer service, ecologically themed Bible readings, links to eco-theological commentaries and songs, and more in the Web of Life Celebration Guide.

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During this season the LWF will provide weekly stories from the communion of churches.