Sunday, September 3, 2017

The WCC and the Season of Creation

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is a stalwart supporter of the Season of Creation which takes place from September 1 to October 4. This special season calls the world's 2.2 billion Christians of all traditions and on all continents to make a special time for prayer, reflection and care for Creation. Hundreds of events will take place during over the course of the coming month.

September 1st was proclaimed as a day of prayer for the environment by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. The Orthodox church year starts that day with a commemoration of how God created the world. On 4 October, Roman Catholics and other churches from the Western traditions commemorate Francis of Assisi, known to many as the author of the Canticle of the Creatures. The proposal to celebrate a "Time for Creation" during these five weeks was made by the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007.

The WCC Central Committee invites churches to observe "Time for Creation" through prayers and actions. In In this video The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites the WCC's 348 churches and 500 million members to join with all Christians to pray for creation.

Click here to access resources for this Season of Creation on the WCC website.  Click here to see the Season of Creation website.

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