“As people of faith, we are called to live in right relationship with creation and not exhaust it.”
– LWF Assembly Resolution on Climate Change Read more
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, which many mark as the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.
For the Lutheran communion, this liturgical season of prayer and action is 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.”
The annual Celebration Guide contains liturgical resources, prayers and meditations, plus calls to action and advocacy, and can be freely used by individuals, communities and congregations.