As a Creation Justice church, we at IUCC affirm the divine gifts of creation. We affirm our connection to God, each other, and the world around us; therefore, we commit ourselves as individuals and as a congregation to the intertwined responsibilities of caring for the environment and seeking justice for those experiencing human suffering due to the abuses of creation. We desire that these deeply felt commitments be reflected in all the dimensions of our congregation’s life, as well as reaching out beyond the walls of this church. At the annual meeting on May 21, 2017, our congregation voted to approve such commitments.
As a Creation Justice church we commit to:
- Bring theological understandings of environmental care and justice into our worship services
- Integrate care for the environment into all our institutional life and practice as well as into our building and land use
- Research and inform our church about environmental issues at local, state, national, and/or global levels
- Connect to a broader movement, with other UCC groups and organizations outside the UCC
To be a Creation Justice Church in the United Church of Christ means…
- Congregations collectively discern their high calling to care for creation and seek justice for the oppressed.
- Congregations make a commitment so serious and so sacred that it necessitates talking about God’s covenant with us and with all of creation.
- Congregations not only become recognized as “green.” They become a part of a larger network of churches and a larger movement to change the world.
- Congregations engage in critical thinking about the socioeconomic dimensions of environmental justice such as race, class, and global inequality.
- Congregations foster a deeper sense of connection: connection to God, to each other, and to the world in which we live.
- Congregations unleash their imagination and creativity as a sense of purpose propels them to make a difference.