The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) issued its 2020 Season of Creation celebration guide offering unique eco-theological worship resources and activities for congregations.
Ecumenical partners along with LWF prepare this guide each year as a way to invite member churches and organizations to participate in the celebration. The guide contains an ecumenical prayer service, liturgical resources, meditations, and ideas for action and advocacy that help individuals or congregations animate this year’s theme.
To raise awareness and inspire churches to take up this year’s theme, a webinar on “Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope” has been planned by the Season of Creation steering committee for June 8 at 16:00 CET.
“The 2020 theme, Jubilee for the Earth, is an invitation to consider the integral relationship between the Earth and our ecological, economic, social, and political ways of living,” said Rev. Dr. Chad Rimmer, program executive in the LWFs Department for Theology, Mission and Justice, in a statement. “While the painful impact of our demands on the Earth are well-known, the need for just and sustainable systems has been underlined this year by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.”
Rimmer said that the Jubilee is a call for people of faith to inspire our imagination and courage to restore right relationships with the Earth and all species.
The 12th LWF Assembly in 2017 affirmed climate change as a spiritual matter.
Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.