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Historical Witness in Caring for Creation

 

Historical Witness

Caring for God’s creation, particularly those who are most vulnerable to environmental injustice and climate change because of poverty, hunger, violence, health or other circumstances, has been a long-time commitment of General Assemblies. General Assembly statements dating back to the 1950s on good stewardship of resources to more recent statements on clean water and sustainable farming are all a part of this long history of caring for all God’s world. Particularly we lift up the ongoing witness of the 1990 and 2008 General Assemblies:

1990 Restoring Creation policy

  • God’s work in creation is too wonderful, too ancient, too beautiful, too good to be desecrated.
  • Restoring creation is God’s own work in our time, in which God comes both to judge and to restore.
  • The Creator-Redeemer calls faithful people to become engaged with God in keeping and healing the creation, human and non-human.
  • Human life and well-being depend upon the flourishing of other life and the integrity of the life-supporting processes that God has ordained.
  • The love of neighbor, particularly “the least” of Christ’s brothers and sisters, requires action to stop the poisoning, the erosion, the wastefulness that are causing suffering and death.
  • The future of our children and their children and all who come after is at stake.
  • In this critical time of transition to a new era, God’s new doing may be discerned as a call to earth-keeping, to justice and to community.

2008 Power to Change policy

Energy choices, more than ever, are moral choices. As our planet grows warmer, our Christian witness must become bolder. As individuals, families, congregations, and church administrative bodies, we must become the change we want to see in our nation. We must put our own houses in order even as we call on our nation to accept its moral responsibility with regard to energy policy and climate change. Together we must radically reduce our carbon footprint.