Christ Episcopal Church
The Mother Church of The Dakotas
The Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN)
“The Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN) is a nationwide network within the Episcopal Church USA that coordinates with the Peace and Justice Ministries Office of the Episcopal Church USA. It is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and finds their roots in the Celtic Spirituality of this tradition. The EpEN includes all concerned Episcopalians who are helping our Church assume a leadership role in the worldwide environmental movement, just as our Church leads in other peace and justice issues. As the grassroots network of Episcopalians from around the United States, the EpEN is helping the Episcopal Church in the USA to advocate and articulate protection of the environment and preserving the sanctity of creation. This network extends throughout the various congregations, Dioceses and Provinces of the Church and includes interaction with other Christian churches in the USA and around the world.”
I encourage you to explore the EpEN website http://www.eenonline.org. This website has information to help you reflect on God’s creation with scripture, prayer, theology and liturgy. It has material to education yourself and others about the issues and science of God’s creations and how you can join in taking action.
I also encourage you to get out into God’s natural cathedral this summer, be it fishing, hiking, picnicking, visiting the city, state, and national parks and refuges, or working in your yard or garden. Get outside and take your children and grandchildren. While you are out there, take a moment to gaze on the land, sit still and reflect, and offer a prayer to God thanking him for all the gifts He has given us. It is a great way to distress and get close to God and to each other.
Remember, don’t litter and pick up any litter you may find on trails and in your campsite.
Creation-care means caring for all of God’s creation by stopping and preventing activities that are harmful (e.g. air and water pollution, species extinction), and participating in activities that further Christ’s reconciliation of all of creation to God. Doing creation-care fills us with the joy that only comes from doing the will of God.
If you are interested in learning more about Creation Care or how you could participate, please contact Carol Smith at: 605- 661-5501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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