Earth Day Sunday
PREPARE FOR EARTH DAY SUNDAY 2020
Each year, thousands of congregations set aside a day to pray, learn, and act near Earth Day, which falls on Wednesday, April 22. In 2020, Earth Day after Easter. Earth Day Sunday can be celebrated April 19, 26, or another day convenient for your faith community.
The 2020 theme focuses "The Fierce Urgency of Now." Our Christian education and action resources will feature stories of congregations taking climate action, liturgical resources, and faith-rooted interpretation of recently released dire Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. The resource will be available for download starting in January 2020 at www.earthdaysunday.org.
(You can also find previous Earth Day Sunday and other Christian education resources on our site. )
CHRISTIAN FAITH AND EARTH DAY
The Bible is full of beautiful language and theology for celebrating God's Creation. Yet sometimes, in the rhythm of the liturgical year, it can be challenging to find a specific time to focus as a church community on the theme of Creation. Earth Day Sunday provides just such an opportunity.
Since 1970, communities have taken one day each year to be especially mindful of the Earth and its many gifts: April 22, Earth Day. This day has ecumenical and bipartisan roots.
ABOUT OUR WORK
Each year, Creation Justice Ministries focuses on a particular ecological theme chosen by our members. We highlight a number of ways individuals and congregations can celebrate and protect God's creation. We hope these ideas inspire further thoughts, conversations, and actions in answering God's call to be faithful stewards of Creation.
Do you want to plan an Earth Day celebration in your congregation? Consider using our theme materials for this year, or find a treasure trove of Earth Day Sunday resources from previous years on various creation justice themes on our education resource page.
We've also listed some ideas below which have stood the test of time for many congregations.
For More Information Contact:
Creation Justice Ministries
110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 203
Washington, DC 20002
Tried-And-True Ideas for Earth Day Sunday Celebrations
Lead by Example
- Host a special "Creation Justice Fellowship Time." Serve organic, fair-trade coffee and treats from a local organic bakery; use re-useable plates, cups, silverware, and napkins, or if that isn't possible, recycled or biodegradable disposables; and post big, easy-to-read signs to educate people about what makes your fellowship oriented toward "Creation Justice."
- Have a Creation Justice Church workday to set up rain barrels, install faucet aerators, do native landscaping on church grounds, replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
- Examine your church's energy use by performing an energy audit and present your findings on Earth Day Sunday. Hold a "town hall" discussion about how your church can reduce energy use.
- Plan to officially join your denomination, fellowship, or communion's ecological ministry and announce/celebrate it on Earth Day Sunday.
- Serve Your Community
- Plan a community service project like a Clean-Up in a local park, along a local body of water, or near a highway.
- Organize a hike at a local trail, park, or natural area. Make sure you organize carpools for transportation to and from the site. If you're not sure where to go, check www.findyourpark.com for ideas.
- Plan an Earth Day festival. Ask local environmental groups to set up informational booths. Invite local growers/food producers and artisans to set up booths to showcase and/or sell their products. Arrange for a variety of brief informational or practical workshops where people can to go learn about Eco-Justice issues (especially your Earth Day theme) or learn how to do something (like make an effective call to an elected official, adopt sustainable office practices, or start a compost pile at home).