More Faith Statements

General Board of the American Baptist Churches, USA
“Based on our faith in the Creator God who makes us a part of a unified creation, (we call on American Baptist institutions and individuals to build and renovate)… to address the causes and reverse the consequences of global warming…”

U.S. Catholic Bishops
“At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family.”

Disciples of Christ Alverna Covenant
“As a member of the human family and a follower of Jesus Christ, I hereby covenant that:

I will change my lifestyle to reduce my contribution to pollution
I will support recycling efforts
I will search for sustainable lifestyles
I will work for public policies which lead to a just and sustainable society
I will share these concerns with others and urge them to make this covenant.”

Episcopal Church Statement on the Environment
“Our church is becoming the light in a great darkness. The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants, for they have transgressed laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. “Therefore a curse devours the earth and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt.” [Isaiah 24:5-6] We are living in a time when the shepherd of today, the church, must guide the blindly following sheep away from running themselves over the cliff.”

“Christians cannot be indifferent to global warming, pollution, natural resource depletion, species extinctions, and habitat destruction, all of which threaten life on our planet. Because so many of these threats are driven by greed, we must also actively seek to create more compassionate and sustainable economies that support the well-being of all God’s creation.”

Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action
Christians must care about climate change because we love God the Creator and Jesus our Lord through whom and for whom the creation was made … because we are called to love our neighbors, to do onto others as we would have them do onto us, and to protect and care for the least of us …(and because) when God made humanity he commissioned us to care for the earth and its creatures … The basic task for all of the world’s inhabitants is to find ways now to begin to decrease our carbon dioxide emissions from the  burning of fossil fuels that are  the primary cause of human-induced climate change.”

Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life: “(Our) tradition… teaches us to be partners in the ongoing work of Creation… It is our sacred duty as Jews to… alleviate environmental degradation and the pain and suffering that it causes… Both climate change itself and policies taken to address it present a disproportionate burden on the poor.”

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
“Christian concern for the environment is shaped by the Word of God spoken in creation, the Love of God hanging on a cross, the Breath of God daily renewing the face of the earth… We see the despoiling of the environment as nothing less than the degradation of God’s gracious gift of creation.”

“As Christians, we understand human beings as fundamentally responsible before God. With the reach of our contemporary human knowledge and the power we employ in new technologies, this responsibility in terms of caring for creation now includes the global future itself. Central to that question is the threat posed by global warming and climate change.”

Mennonite Church USA
The Purposeful Plan of the Mennonite Church USA calls “every participant in our congregations to cultivate a healthy whole-life stewardship, to care for creation, to practice mutual aid and to be generous in ways which reflect the generosity of God.”

Muslim World League
Allah, in His Wisdom, appointed humans… to be His vice regents on earth. And while Allah has invited people to partake of the fruits of the earth for their rightful nourishment and enjoyment, He has also directed them not to waste that which Allah has provided for him—for He loveth not wasters.

Quaker Earthcare Witness
WE ARE CALLED to live in right relationship with all Creation, recognizing that the entire world is interconnected and is a manifestation of God… God’s Creation is to be respected, protected, and held in reverence in its own right.

Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
The Christian mandate to care for creation and the biblical promise of right relationships between God, human beings, and the rest of creation impel and inspire us to act to reduce our energy usage… The urgency, injustice and seriousness of this issue call us as Christians to act NOW and to act boldly to lead the way in reducing our energy usage.

The Unitarian Universalist Association shall act and encourage its affiliates, member societies, and individual Unitarian Universalists to bear witness to the need for environmental justice by reducing their consumption of the earth’s resources, generating as little waste as possible, recycling, and making a commitment… to living in an ecologically balanced and responsible manner. “We as Unitarian Universalists are called to join with others to halt practices that fuel global warming/climate change, to instigate sustainable alternatives, and to mitigate the impending effects of global warming/climate change with just and ethical responses.”

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ admits Christian complicity in the damage human beings have caused to the earth’s climate system and other planetary life systems, and urges recommitment to the Christian vocation of responsible stewardship of God’s creation, and expresses profound concern for the pending environmental, economic, and social tragedies threatened by global warming, to creation, human communities and traditional sacred spaces.

General Board of the United Methodist Church
Confronted with the massive crisis of the deterioration of God’s creation and faced with the question of the ultimate survival of life, we ask God’s forgiveness for our participation in this destruction of God’s creation… We call upon The Church “to respond to the perils that now threaten the integrity of God’s creation and the future of God’s children.” The United Methodist Church encourages a simplified and environmentally sound lifestyle throughout the church and…  encourages United Methodist institutions to perform energy audits, improve energy efficiency, and pursue use of alternative clean energy sources such as wind and solar power where available.

 

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