Environment

The United Church has worked on ecological issues for more than 40 years. Our faith calls us to live with respect in creation. We are 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.

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File 2018 Earth Sunday: In Truth and Action
A service for Earth Day that calls us to love, not only in word or speech, but in truth and action (1 John 3:18).
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February 2, 2018

Our gifts for Mission & Service change lives around the world. Our global partner the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) is addressing the problem of severe drought by creating a conservation agriculture program. The conservation agriculture model uses mulching, crop rotation, and minimal tilling, combined with water harvesting and management, to move toward the ultimate goal: local food security.

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File Awe before Creation
A theme-based service of worship for Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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PDF icon Bears, Bees, and Butterflies (Mandate, May 2016)
A program on climate change for older children.
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February 2, 2018

Our gifts for Mission & Service support inner-city programs for children, like Camp Cosmos run by Montreal City Mission.

An 11-year-old girl has new respect for her 9-year-old brother with special needs thanks to the environmental summer day camp.

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PDF icon Bulletin Insert: One Earth, One Sea, One Sky (Earth Sunday)
Our Creator God calls us to give thanks for the gifts of Earth, Sea, and Sky. ...
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September 29, 2017
Moderator Jordan Cantwell, along with 25 other Canadian faith leaders, has endorsed the statement On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada , available on the Canadian Council of Churches’ website. This statement represents a meeting of the minds and hearts of many diverse faith organizations, including the World Buddhist Council, World Sikh Organization of Canada, and a broad...
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April 3, 2018

In 1987, while El Salvador’s civil war raged on, displaced villagers started to return home. People from the village of Santa Marta returned determined to live in a new way. They decided to share land instead of holding individual plots. Education became their top priority.

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PDF icon Caring for Creation: A Service for Children’s Sunday
This service for Children's Sunday invites all of us to care for creation as a Christian community...

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PDF icon Climate Change and Faith (Mandate, May 2016)
This workshop will create a space for honest conversation and help people understand climate change as a spiritual matter.

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File Creation and Creativity
A theme-based service of worship for Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost with a short skit.

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PDF icon Earth Hour Vigil
An interfaith vigil for faith communities and others to use in observing Earth Hour.
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February 16, 2018

Excerpts from A Song of Faith that are included in the Earth Hour Vigil prepared by members of the Roman Catholic–United Church Dialogue in Canada.

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April 9, 2018
Thank you for your generous and compassionate support of The United Church of Canada’s Extreme Hunger Appeal

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PDF icon God among the Wild Things (Mandate, May 2016)
A Bible study on the climate crisis
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September 29, 2017
Both the national church and the Pension Plan are signatories to the UN PRI–sponsored Paris Pledge for Action statement, which will call for strong economic action to reduce emissions. The statement will be released on December 11 at the close of the COP21 meetings. The United Church of Canada became a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (UN PRI) program in 2014, and The...

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PDF icon Leaders of Today (Mandate, May 2016)
A workshop to empower youth for climate change activism

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File Living with Respect in Creation: A Story in the Style of Godly Play
A story for children to use during Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.
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September 29, 2017
The United Church's New Creed calls us "to live with respect in Creation." We join our voices with other denominations and faiths around the world in expressing our deep concern around climate change. The upcoming 21st Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21, November 30–December 12) could be a critical turning point for climate change policy and the future of the planet. World leaders will work to...
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October 6, 2017
Moderator Jordan Cantwell welcomes the new Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
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November 20, 2017
Each of us wrestles with the complexity of living in a social and economic system that is dependent on fossil fuels.

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PDF icon Overcoming Barriers (Mandate, May 2016)
Workshop: What blocks us from taking action on climate justice?
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October 16, 2017
The United Church of Canada added its voice to those celebrating the global climate deal recently reached in Paris.

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File Peace with the Earth
A worship service for the International Day of Peace on the theme "Peace with the Earth."...

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PDF icon Prayer for all impacted by wildfires in BC
A prayer for all affected by the British Columbia wildfires of July 2017.
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June 11, 2018

A prayer for those affected by the British Columbia wildfires.

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File Reconciliation in the Watershed: A Creation Time Resource
Weekly reflections on the themes of "All My Relations" and "watershed discipleship."...

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December 7, 2016

Ask the Prime Minister how Trans Mountain will fit with Canada’s commitments to emission reductions and reconciliation.

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File Season of Creation in a Box
Prayer, education, and activity resources for care of Creation from the Green Churches Network, Canada.

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PDF icon Seeds of Life
A short worship for a small group to share in Spring.

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PDF icon The Liturgical Colour Orange and Ember Days
A history of the colour orange and ember days for use in Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File The Seasons: Eros and a Right Relation with Earth
A theme-based service of worship for Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost which uses eros as a lens to gain insight into right relation with earth and all creation.
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October 31, 2017
Moderator Jordan Cantwell expresses the church’s concerns about the approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline.
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September 25, 2017
The United Church of Canada was one of the first Canadian institutional investors to sign a recently launched public statement setting out Investor Expectations on Corporate Climate Lobbying (click the “made clear” link in the first line to see the statement). To date, 62 investors have signed the statement, representing total assets under management of more than US$3.8 trillion. The statement...

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PDF icon Universal Light (music)
Musical score for "Universal Light," a communion prayer by Bruce Harding, Marie Lewin, and Rod Sykes...

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Delight in Me!
A worship service for the first Sunday, Year A, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Listen to Us!
A worship service for the second Sunday, Year A, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Love Me!
A worship service for the fourth Sunday, Year A, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Share My Abundance!
A worship service for the Thanksgiving Sunday, Year A, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Work with Me!
A worship service for the third Sunday, Year A, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.