At the National Workshop on Christian Unity, I recently attended a session entitled “Declaration and Call to Action to Care for Creation”.
The South Carolina Synod’s Creation Care Task Force is working with Lutherans Restoring Creation to offer a retreat at the Coastal Retreat Center from May 17 to 19.
Caring for God’s creation is an ever-evolving topic in this world, especially with each new natural or human made disaster. As stewards of this world, we are called to care for the earth and examine our behaviors toward creation.
It is that time of year when word of a Blessing of the Animals service is heard in many congregations. Saint Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals, and his commemoration takes place on October 4. Hence, if a congregation hosts a Blessing of Animals service, they typically plan their event near this date. There is, however, more for us to know about this blessing and about Saint Francis.
The creation story is one we are taught from an early age. We learn that God created everything in 6 days and rested on the 7th day. We learn how God called up everything, from nothing. However, sometimes we miss the first mission that God ever gave us, humankind.