The Bishop’s Committee for the Environment (BCE) has issued a call for individuals and congregations across the diocese to participate in a pledge drive for the stewardship of creation.
God’s creation has been damaged by over-use and misuse of fossil resources, leading to climate change. This affects the poorest parts of the world most, causing poverty, displacement and violence as people fight over increasingly scarce resources. What can we do to address climate change?
Every congregation is invited to conduct a pledge drive for the stewardship of creation to help members recognize their contribution to greenhouse gas pollution, and commit to changes for the healing of creation.
- The BCE suggests that you conduct the pledge drive as a lead up to an Earth Day celebration on the Sunday preceding or following Earth Day, on Saturday, April 22 using their pledge form.
- Gather the pledges and tally the individual commitments.
- Share the results joyfully with your congregation, and then,
- Forward your results to the diocese at BCE@ecww.org, so that we can celebrate the commitments made throughout the diocese.
Your congregation can also evaluate church buildings and make a similar pledge.
The BCE is available to offer support – speakers and preachers are available to encourage your congregation in this pledge campaign, as well as to educate about calculating and reducing your individual or parish carbon footprint, participating in the Carbon Offset partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Philippines, spirituality and stewardship of creation, and related topics.