Get Involved: Help Care for Our Public Lands and Creation
Lands, wilderness, and open spaces have always been central to the Judeo-Christian tradition, playing a vital role in the spiritual journeys of Biblical peoples from Moses to Jesus Christ. Lands are also an essential part of God's creation. Through them, God nourishes life; provides the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems and human communities; supplies blessings of sustenance like soil, water, timber and minerals; and offers natural space for prayer and spiritual renewal. As a nation, we recognize and celebrate these blessings in the 623 million acres of public lands nationwide.
Get involved in current efforts to heal and protect special places in God's creation.
- Find 50 prayer and education resources on wilderness, made by Creation Justice Ministries in recognition of the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act of 1964.
- Find stories from the pews about encounters with wilderness.
- At the most basic level, Wilderness is land that has not been previously developed or inhabited by humans. The Wilderness Act of 1964 sets forth the legal definition of wilderness, read more about it as the link above!
- Most of the damaged done to the wilderness has occurred with the last 50 years. Clayton Daughenbaugh has an article that bears reading, Wilderness: God’s Garden and the Threats to Nature.
- Click here for the book "Renewal in the Wilderness" by John Lionberger, founder of the organization of the same name, exploring in depth the connection of spirituality and wilderness experiences.
- Enjoy free access to parks.
- National Public Lands Day - Join an event taking place near your church or worship center.
- Try exploring public land! In addition to well-known public lands like Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon, there are thousands of acres that are just as spectacular. Go see what may be in your own back-yard visit :The Bureau of Land Management, The U.S. Forest Service or The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service