WE’RE COMMITTED TO HONORING GOD’S CALL TO BE FAITHFUL STEWARDS OF THE EARTH AND ITS RESOURCES.
Pursuing environmental wholeness and justice for all of God’s creation
We believe it belongs to God and that caring for and healing the earth are integral to what it means to be a Christian.
Because That's Church.
Food for Thought: Norman Wirzba
Does what you eat really matter? Duke professor Norman Wirzba thinks so. He explains, "The cheap food that we enjoy comes with a very heavy price — for the farmers, for the migrant workers, for the fields, the waters, the animals. Everybody's paying it, except us." Wirzba believes that the way Christians eat is, at its heart, a matter of justice.
"If we don't treasure the earthly theater of glory God has given us, God can only assume we're not interested in entering the heavenly one. Cherishing creation is the way we show God our gratitude, the way we humbly acknowledge our creatureliness, and an important way in which we worship."
We believe the resources we consume — from the soil to grow our vegetables, to the minerals we mine for our electronics, to the power it takes to charge our phones — are of value not because they are useful to us, but because God created them. That's why we're encouraging our members to make small changes — buying less stuff, choosing reusable bags and containers and reducing power use.
We're being proactive in supporting those at-risk: helping vulnerable communities gain better access to clean water by locating safe water sources, educating communities, and improving sanitation. In the U.S., Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean, we respond to the kinds of natural or civil disasters that overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own.
Candler School of Theology, Duke Divinity School and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary have covenanted with the Seminary Stewardship Alliance to reconnect Christians with the biblical call to care for God's creation. These schools are committed to teach, preach, live, inspire and hold each other accountable for good stewardship practices. The leaders being trained at these schools today are the future church leaders who will continue to share the message of faithful biblical stewardship.
We believe in changing hearts by raising awareness about consumption impacting this world and shedding light on how to care for those with the fewest resources, and our members are getting on board.
We tackle the issues and the connections between peace, poverty and the planet through faith and science. Closest to home, we've updated our offices to use fewer resources, and are inspiring others to do the same
We believe in making changes around our buildings and homes to be able to open our doors with a commitment to the environment.
If you share our commitment to preserving our planet's resources, and ensuring that all people can thrive, we hope you'll join us.
Will we recognize the responsibility we've been given to be the change we wish to see? Can we adopt a lifestyle to support a world leading to a higher quality of life for all of God's creation? Together, that's what we're after.
BECAUSE THAT'S CHURCH.
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