Creation Justice Ministries has been for me an important, fun, creative, and inspiring space to connect with colleagues in diverse denominations and communions around issues of caring for the earth and all people.
When I was just a few years out of college and working in the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Environmental Justice around 2001, I was delighted to find this ecumenical environmental space to share resources, events, and relationships. It was thrilling to know such a roundtable existed! In young adulthood, my path took me in and out of office PC(USA) work and thus in and out of the ecumenical CJM space. However, since again taking a PC(USA) position in 2011 and working with the Presbyterian Hunger Program (which includes our denominational programs and resources on environmental and climate justice) I’ve been blessed to reclaim this community. I earned an MDiv and MAR from Louisville Seminary crafting a thesis on the sacraments in my tradition (baptism and communion) and the environmental and social justice implications thereof. I continue to be grateful for Creation Justice Ministries providing the annual Earth Day Sunday worship resource that I use on my own, share with my congregation, and make available throughout the PC(USA). It’s lovely to have an ecumenical resource that can be adapted to local contexts without each of us having to craft out own. While our sacraments and traditions vary across our communions and denominations, the clear correlation between our Christian faith and caring for God’s world is ever-present and encouraging and I’m grateful for the space CJM continues to hold for these conversations.
The richness of the resourcing, advocacy opportunities, and community provided by Creation Justice Ministries and the uniqueness of this organization are key reasons I give financially to support Creation Justice Ministries. It is a privilege to be connected to this meaningful work and it’s an honor to support it, knowing that it isn’t a large budget operation. Also, I haven’t found any other comparable network in the U.S. and I find it invaluable for my ministry. While Creation Justice Ministries engages important faith-based environmental justice work through receiving grants, we want to also have grassroots people of faith supporting the work so that the Board, and those denominations and communions that are part of CJM, can prioritize and engage work that isn’t always easy to fund through grant support. Having individual and congregational donors enables us to plan widely, broadly and imaginatively about where we feel God is calling us to go each year.
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This blog shares the activities of Creation Justice Ministries. We educate and equip Christians to protect, restore, and rightly share God's creation.