The United Church has worked on ecological issues for more than 40 years. Our faith calls us to live with respect in creation: the United Church believes that "each part of creation reveals unique aspects of God the Creator" (A Song of Faith) and therefore has intrinsic value. We are also concerned that climate change, ocean change, lack of access to clean water, and resource extraction have a greater impact on the most impoverished and vulnerable living beings.
Climate change is caused largely by rich countries, yet its consequences most affect the impoverished and vulnerable. We respond with a commitment to climate justice, including climate debt.
The way we use energy is undermining the health of current and future generations: we must change how we generate, use, and conserve energy, and deal with the hazards of pollution and nuclear waste.
Mining, oil and gas exploitation, and logging threaten the well-being of ecosystems and communities worldwide. We work in solidarity with partners seeking to protect clean air, water, and soil.
Creating a society that lives more lightly on the Earth calls us to action. Explore resources to assist congregations to live well and sustainably.
Fresh water is essential for all life, and has rich cultural, ecological, and spiritual dimensions. However, fresh water and oceans are threatened by over-consumption, pollution, and privatization.
- Coming Home to the Cosmos [PDF: 3 pp/29 KB]
This workshop based on the parable of the prodigal son reminds us that we are biological and spiritual kin with all of creation. Adapted from Mandate, May 2010.
- Poverty, Wealth and Ecological Justice Framework Concept [PDF: 9 pp/207 KB]
The United Church addresses issues in all these areas with a framework that brings together local and global economic, social, and environmental aspects, and education and advocacy work.
- Reconnecting with Creation [PDF: 2 pp/33 KB]
This intergenerational greenshop is designed to bring together members of a congregation to work to reduce the church’s ecological footprint. Adapted from Mandate, May 2009.
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