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Season of Creation

Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I proclaimed 1 September as a day of prayer for creation for the Orthodox in 1989. In fact, the Orthodox church year starts on that day with a commemoration of how God created the world.

The World Council of Churches was instrumental in making the special time a season, extending the celebration from 1 September until 4 October.

Following the leadership of Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I and the WCC, Christians worldwide have embraced the season as part of their annual calendar. Pope Francis made the Roman Catholic Church’s warm welcoming of the season official in 2015.

In recent years, statements from religious leaders around the world have also encouraged the faithful to take time to care for creation during the month-long celebration.

The season starts 1 September, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.

Throughout the month-long celebration, the world’s 2.2 billion Christians come together to care for our common home.

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This year’s theme:

A home for all?
Renewing the Oikos of God

Christians join the Psalmist in proclaiming the Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it. (Psalms 24:1) However, the current climate crisis is accelerating ecological instability, which results in the loss of habitats that are homes for millions of species, including humans whose homes are at risk due to climate conflict, loss and damage.
As people of faith, our baptismal call compels us to till and keep God’s garden, and participate in the renewal of the whole inhabited Earth, so that life may flourish and all may have a just and sustainable home.
By focusing the subtheme on the concept of oikos, we hope to lift up the integral nature of the many relationships that hold the web of life together. Within the whole inhabited Earth (oikoumene), the Church (oikoumene) calls all households and societies (oikos) to turn our political, social and economic systems (oikonomia) towards just, sustainable economies of life, which respect the limits and life giving ecological boundaries (oikologia) of our common home.
We hope that this Season of Creation renews our baptismal call to care and sustain an ecological turning so that life may flourish, and all creatures may find their place to flourish among our common home. 

About us

Activities and resources to celebrate the Season of Creation are supported by an ecumenical steering committee and a coalition of partners from around the world.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee supports the Season of Creation Steering Committee through theological and liturgical expertise, as well as the project and programmatic experience of its partners, while enhancing the engagement through their constituencies. The Advisory Committee members are as follow:

  • Bishop Marc Andrus, Episcopal Diocese of California
  • Rev. Ed Brown, Care of Creation and Lausanne Catalyst for Creation Care
  • Dr. Celia Deane-Drummond, Director, Laudato Si’ Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford, UK
  • Msgr. Bruno-Marie Duffé, Secretary, Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
  • Josianne Gauthier, Secretary General, CIDSE
  • Rev. Norm Habel, Season of Creation Project, Adelaide
  • Bishop Nick Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, Chair of Church of England Environment Working Group
  • Fr Heikki Huttunen, General Secretary, Conference of European Churches
  • Dr. Hefin Jones, Executive Committee, World Communion of Reformed Churches
  • Metropolitan of Zimbabwe Serafim Kykotis, Greek Orthodox Archbishopric of Zimbabwe and Angola
  • Bishop Mark Macdonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada
  • Fr. Martin Michalíček, Secretary General, Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europae
  • Ms. Necta Montes, General Secretary, World Student Christian Federation
  • Sr. Patricia Murray, Executive Secretary, International Union Superiors General
  • Dr. Alexandros K. Papaderos, Advisor of the Ecumenical Patriarchates of Constantinople
  • Dr. Paulo Ueti, Theological Advisor & Latin American Regional Director, Anglican Alliance
  • Dr. Ruth Valerio, Director Global Advocacy and Influencing, Tearfund

Steering committee

Season of Creation activities are coordinated by an ecumenical steering committee, which was formed to help Christians around the world fulfill the purpose of the season.

As the urgent need to solve the environmental crisis continues to grow, Christian churches have been called to strengthen their united response. The Season of Creation ecumenical steering committee came together to provide resources to empower Christians to respond to our faith, each in the way of his or her own denomination, during this shared season of reflection and action.

Past years

Videos

The Catholic community united for Season Of Creation – 2020

Pope Francis does something new for creation – 2019

Sharing Season of Creation 2018
Season of Creation Online Prayer Service-Sept 1, 2017

Pope Francis invites us to join the Season of Creation – 2020

Season Of Creation 2019
Season of Creation Online Prayer Service – Feast of St. Francis
Organizing in Your Community Webinar – 2017

Pope Francis message to the Global Catholic Climate Movement for Season Of Creation – 2020

Season Of Creation 2019 (Planet Hope)
Season of Creation 2018
Season of Creation Webinar (June 28, 2017)

The Ecumenical family united for Season Of Creation – 2020

Season of Creation 2018 | Message from Pope Francis
Season of Creation Highlight Video – 2017

Blog Posts

Top 5 2020 Season of Creation highlights
Season of Creation: 5 things we’re grateful for
Season of Creation 2019
Season of Creation 2018: Walking Together