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Tree of Life
A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.
Image | March 23, 2017
Wendell Kimbrough on Singing Creation Psalms
A regular discipline of writing psalm refrains helped one musician notice psalms in which creation and God’s people call each other to worship the Creator.
Conversation | February 21, 2017
Green Congregations Advocate for People Affected by Environmental Problems
As creation care takes hold in a congregation’s building, worship and church life, God often nudges the church to a tipping point. Members begin advocating for those most affected by environmental problems.
Feature Story | October 10, 2013
Guillermo Márquez-Sterling on Youth and Unique Mission Trip
Guillermo Márquez-Sterling is associate pastor at Coral Gables United Church of Christ in Coral Gables, Florida. In this edited conversation, Márquez-Sterling talks about their MTR mission trip in June 2013.
Conversation | October 10, 2013
Green Congregations Become Centers of Creation Care and Renewal
As more churches include creation care in congregational life, all ages experience hope and joy. They start to see how God has gifted their church with specific callings and resources to protect the earth so that all may flourish.
Feature Story | October 09, 2013
Daisy Rhau on Children, Creation Care and Worship
In this edited conversation, based on email and phone conversations in September 2013, Daisy Rhau talks about the Christian Education committee members’ awareness that “the children were deeply invested in earth care.”
Conversation | October 09, 2013
Worship in the Season of Creation and Earth-Themed Sundays
Green congregations around the world celebrate the Season of Creation, emphasize earth keeping throughout the Christian Year and plan other earth-themed Sundays.
Feature Story | September 12, 2013
Green Congregations Celebrate God’s New Creation in Worship
Christians often remind each other that worship is more about God’s beauty and glory than about us. It’s less likely for congregations to model the fact that creation is also more about God’s beauty and glory than about us.
Feature Story | September 12, 2013
Bob Waldrop on How Earth Care Led Him to God
In this edited conversation, based on emails and an April 2013 phone conversation, Bob Waldorp explains how his church work and activism fit together.
Conversation | July 11, 2013
Kristi Holmberg on Hope for Healing the Earth
Like many young adults, Kristi Holmberg is keenly aware of inheriting an earth damaged by previous generations. However, rather than despair or turn cynical, she began during college to connect with Christians who are working toward a just and sustainable future.
Conversation | June 10, 2013
Green Congregations Promote Sustainability
Whether your church goes solar, diverts money from utilities to missions or plants a community garden, you can find creative and sustainable ways to model that the earth is the Lord’s.
Feature Story | May 28, 2013
Delight in Creation: When Science and Faith Talk
Across the last few years Calvin College and Calvin Seminary have teamed up to bring the voices of scientists into the consciousness of the church. Through “The Ministry Theorem” website and the new book Delight in Creation, project directors Deborah Haarsma and Scott Hoezee have worked to foster fruitful conversations that connect the wonders of what science reveals about God’s creation with the ministries of the church. In this workshop they will share some of what they have learned along the way and invite further feedback and questions from workshop participants about this ever-expanding twenty-first century conversation.
Audio | February 22, 2013
Coop's Column - Creation's Choir Sings Hymns of Praise
It takes an act of slowing life down enough to cultivate wonder, which is one of the reasons God bids his children to practice Sabbath—to take a day off in order to savor life for the sheer and undeserved gift that it is, and then in turn to worship God and to give God thanks for it. This column includes an audio recording by Dale Cooper.
Meditation/Reflection | Audio | February 15, 2012
Coop's Column- All Your Wondrous Works Proclaim
With so much around us to invite our curiosity and to evoke our wonder, a bored attitude toward life is sinful. A day’s adventure in the world ought to end, after all, with an exclamation point of thanksgiving to God.
Meditation/Reflection | January 05, 2012
What exactly is a natural disaster? The intersection of ‘the average’ and 'the extraordinary.’
Article | December 15, 2011
Ordinary Time Resource Guide
This guide provides resources for planning worship during the seasons of "Ordinary Time" after Epiphany and after Pentecost.
Resource Guide | July 08, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: Exceptional
We focus on the Spirit’s work in creation—more specifically, on his act of creating each human being as a mirror of God.
Meditation/Reflection | June 17, 2011
All Nature Sings
A look at what the psalms have to say about creation’s unique capacity for praise, as well as the psalms’ implicit critique of any attempt to stifle creation’s song.
Article | December 10, 2010
Creation Care for Church Buildings
There is a rapidly growing cultural expectation that buildings must be crafted to be environmentally friendly and sustainable for future generations. At the same time, many Christians are realizing that environmental issues are not merely political or technological but also spiritual, especially in terms of stewardship and social justice.
Video | June 03, 2010
Justice and Suffering in Worship Centered on God
Setri Nyomi, general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, explains why confessing that Jesus is Lord applies to the economy and earth. As the Accra Confession affirms, God calls for just relationships with all creation--so our worship should reflect that faith stance. A feature story exploring Justice and Suffering in Worship centered on God.
Feature Story | June 01, 2009