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Explore What The United Methodist Church Says about Climate Justice

Next month, world leaders will gather in Paris, France to determine how our global community will respond to the present and future challenges of a changing climate. United Methodists from around the world will be there as well to engage in conversation, prayer and action in support of a strong agreement that protects God's people and God's planet.

Our church has tremendous gifts to bring to these conversations – rooted in the relationships, experiences and diverse contexts of our worldwide connection. From the islands of the Philippines to the Appalachian Mountains in the United States, United Methodists are faithfully responding to God’s call to care for creation and challenge systems of injustice.

As we journey toward Paris, we will be sharing stories and providing resources to question, reflect, pray and act to strengthen our collective witness in support of a hopeful future for all God’s children.

This week we begin by exploring The United Methodist Church’s vision as set forth in the Social Principles and Book of Resolutions as well as the Council of Bishop’s statement “God’s Renewed Creation.” These words challenge us to explore ways we are both impacting and impacted by climate change and inspire us to take action as an expression of our Gospel call to love God and love one another.

I look forward to this journey together and encourage you to share both celebrations and challenges as we continue our work in building a healthy and hopeful tomorrow.

Peace,
John Hill, Director of Economic & Environmental Justice, General Board of Church & Society

Reflect

"We must begin the work of renewing creation by being renewed in our own hearts and minds. We cannot help the world until we change our way of being in it."

-UMC Bishops, God's Renewed Creation 

Pray

With open hearts, we pray: make us wise as to how fragile and dependent and connected we are, that in the indulgence in the destruction of others, we inevitably destroy ourselves. Give us the grace to be thankful for what we have, and the willingness to share. As your church labors in the world, cause it to be more interested in your reign of righteousness than its own survival, so that the world may grow into a kinder, gentler, safer place in which to live. Amen

From God's Renewed Creation: A Call to Hope and Action

Act

Learn what the United Methodist Church says about climate justice and invite a friend to engage with this conversation by joining our environmental justice network.