We know that God's beautiful Earth is worth protecting. Christians know that we need to be reminded what we know over and over again.
To wonder. To celebrate.
To be moved to protect that beauty.
That’s why this September, we’re inviting you to journey with us - to really hear the groaning of creation, to respond via individual actions, and then come together at the September 20 #ClimateStrike rallies.
Hear the cry of God’s beautiful Earth through many different human interpreters this Season of Creation
What is the Season of Creation?
Every year, Christians around the world, from across traditions, commit the month of September as a season to celebrate God’s beautiful Earth, and renew our shared commitment to preserving and restoring that beauty.
Each week during September we have invited various guests and a few Common Grace regulars to explore our relationship with the rest of creation, using this year’s themes: oceans, fauna/flora, storms, cosmos, and the blessing of Creation.
If you’re new to considering our Christian responsibility to care for God’s beautiful Earth you might like to start with our series from last year.
If you’re already on board, this is a great chance to be nourished on the journey, and rally together to join God’s mission of the reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation.
In late August, Jason introduces the series by setting Australia’s responsibilities within a global context. Ally Neale brings us the call of students to join them at the September rally, and Brooke Prentis calls us to listen deeply to the lands, waters, and all creation, hearing the rallying call of generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In week one, the marine scientist Nicola Fraser pleads for the oceans, and we hear the call of Torres Strait Islander peoples and Pacific Islander peoples to action. In future weeks we will bring you the silenced voice of those species no longer with us and first hand stories of the impacts of extreme weather. Tau’alofa Anga’aelangi challenges us to a more familial, reciprocal relationship with Mother Earth, in prose and poem. This reciprocal blessing is picked up by Jessica Morthorpe in our concluding post.
Alongside these reflections we will be preparing to join the #Schoolstrike4climate rallies, providing you with ways to get involved and rally for God's beautiful yet threatened Earth.