Season of Creation 2016 Wrap-Up

The Season of Creation (September 1- October 4) has been a powerful time for Christians around the globe to unite in prayer, reflection, and action on behalf of creation. Here is a brief wrap-up of everything that happened over the last 5 weeks.

AN ECUMENICAL EFFORT

Christian and faith based groups from the around the world came together to promote the Season of Creation: the World Council of Churches, Anglican Communion Environmental Network, Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, ACT Alliance and GreenFaith. A multilingual website was created with resources, showcasing videos of support from the faith leaders of the Christian communities. Screen Shot 2016-10-05 at 3.38.06 PM

SEPTEMBER 1 ONLINE PRAYER SERVICE

Representatives from different Christian churches led an online Ecumenical Prayer Service on September 1 for the World Day of Prayer for Creation. It was a powerful gathering joined by hundreds around the globe.
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Fr. Frédéric Fornos sj, International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network leads the closing prayer during the September 1 online prayer service.

 

EVENTS AROUND THE GLOBE

Hundreds of Season of Creation prayer services and events were held in 55 countries. Here are a few pictures:   Screen Shot 2016-10-06 at 5.12.02 PM    

WEEKLY LAUDATO SI PRAYER SESSIONS

Following the Pope’s appeal in Laudato Si calling for an ecological conversion, a weekly series of online contemplative prayer sessions inspired by the spirituality of Laudato Si.
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The series culminated with Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB (above), Director of the World Community of Christian Meditation, leading the final guided meditation.

DIVESTMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Angola Mozambique and Namibia) passed a motion at their Provincial Synod to divest from fossil fuels. The Synod of Bishops mandated that the South African Anglican Theological Commission (SAATC) identify ethical fossil fuel free portfolio options as part of this exciting move.   In addition, on occasion of the Feast of St. Francis, a group of Catholic institutions announced their divestment decision. The Catholic communities committing to switch the management of their finances away from fossil fuel extraction included: The Jesuits in English Canada; the Federation of Christian Organisations for the International Voluntary Service (FOCSIV) in Italy; the Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea; SSM Health in the United States; the Diocese of the Holy Spirit of Umuarama in the Brazilian state of Paraná; the Missionary Society of St. Columban, based in Hong Kong and with a global presence in 14 countries; and the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco – Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Milan and Naples (Italy). The news was picked up by major media wires including AFP and Catholic News Service.  

FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS ONLINE PRAYER SERVICE

To close the Season of Creation, faith leaders joined together again online from the Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic churches to end our special time in prayer.   Screen Shot 2016-10-05 at 4.37.53 PM   Thanks to everyone for making this a special time. May our prayer and action bear fruits of a sustainable home for generations to come.