“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 preparing the 2020 Celebration Guide, a webinar on Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope, and  an online prayer to open and close the season  on 1 September, and 4 October, at 15:00 GMT+1. 

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”. The 2020 theme, Jubilee for the Earth, invites you to consider the integral relationship between rest for the earth and ecological, economic, social and political ways of living. This particular year, the need for just and sustainable systems has been revealed by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Celebration Guide contains liturgical resources, prayers and meditations, and calls to action and advocacy, and can be used by individuals or congregations, to nurture faithful imagination to restore right, just and sustainable relationships with the Earth and among all species. 

Find an ecumenical prayer service, ecologically themed Bible readings, links to eco-theological commentaries and songs, and more in the 2020 Celebration Guide, A Jubilee for the Earth. 

Download the Jubilee for the Earth celebration guide

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

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