The Season of Creation is nearly here.
Together next week, Christians on six continents will start the annual celebration of prayer and action for our common home with three transformational events.
On 1 September, to start the Season of Creation, thousands of Christians will prayerfully discern how God is calling them to reexamine their relationship with creation during the ecumenical prayer service.
Inspirational youth from around the globe will help lead the service, which will feature voices from South Africa, India, Kenya, the United Kingdom and elsewhere across the world.
The service will follow the ecumenical liturgy found in the 2020 Season of Creation Celebration Guide and serve as precious time for Christians to consider the integral relationship between rest for God’s creation and the ecological, economic, social, and political ways of living.
On Tuesday, take time to pray with thousands of Christians and celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
What: Online Global Prayer Service
When: Tuesday 1 September, World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Time: 10:00 New York / 16:00 Rome / 22:00 Manila / 00:00 Sydney (2 September)
In Spanish and Portugese, a diverse group of religious leaders will reflect on our shared responsibility to care for our common home. People from different faiths will unite around caring for creation.
The service will feature Mons. Adolfo Guevara Zagaceta of the Archdiocese of Trujillo (Peru); Pastor Daiane Berndt Bottcher of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brazil; Raul Meyer, director of the Israeli Federation of the State of São Paulo; Sheikh Mohamad Al Bukai of Islamic Mosque of Brazil; and Rev. Kazuyoshi Nakahara of Buddhism Risho Kossei-Kai.
What: Interfaith Act for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
When: Tuesday 1 September
Time: 18:00 Quito, México, Bogotá / 20:00 Brasilia
Every week during the Season of Creation, Christians will unite in solidarity and hear from world-renowned speakers about how ongoing crises are affecting different regions of the world.
The first webinar will take place Wednesday 2 September. During the “Season of Creation Webinar: A Just Recovery For Asia Pacific and Oceania,” the top-level speakers will explain how the climate crisis is already affecting the region, despite so many countries there having so little to do with rising global emissions.
The leaders also will share how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the climate crisis, and how all Christians can urgently advocate for a just recovery all over the world.
(The webinar will be held in English and simultaneously translated to Spanish, Italian, French, and Polish, all completely free.)
Wednesday’s top lineup of speakers:
- Father Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam is one of the Vatican’s leading Laudato Si’ experts and the coordinator of the sector of ecology and creation at the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
- Archbishop Peter Loy Chong serves in the Archdiocese of Suva, Fiji. Archbishop Chong also serves as the president of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania and is a global leader in speaking out against abuses towards creation and for taking action to protect God’s Earth. He recently called for an “Oceania Synod,” saying “we must not forget how significant the ocean is in the web of life.”
- Bishop Allwyn D’Silva serves as the Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Bombay, India. Bishop D’Silva has been deeply involved in human rights issues for decades, including the 21 years he spent in the slums of Mumbai, working on social concerns and environmental issues. He currently also serves as the Chairperson for the Commission for Ecology with the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India.
- Father Edwin Gariguez is the former executive secretary of the National Secretary For Social Action, the advocacy and social development arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. In 2012, he was awarded a prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for leading a grassroots movement on behalf of biodiversity and indigenous people against an illegal large-scale mining project in the Philippines.
What: Season of Creation Webinar: A Just Transition for Asia Pacific and Oceania
When: Wednesday 2 September
Time: 9:00 Rome / 12:30 Mumbai / 15:00 Manila / 17:00 Sydney
Again, this webinar will be held in English and simultaneously translated to Spanish, Italian, French, and Polish, all completely free.