Creation Time 2017 ready to launch

From Kirkcaldy to Kirkwall, congregations across Scotland will be joining Christians around the world to celebrate Creation Time next month.

An ecumenical group led by Eco-Congregation Scotland will provide coordinated resources for churches to celebrate the environment through worship.

a view of Scottish mountains
A view over Loch Leven. Photo by mendhak on flickr.

The annual event runs from the first day of the Orthodox calendar on Friday, September 1 until the feast of St Francis on Wednesday, October 4.

Journeying with God

The chosen theme is 'Journeying with God', which ties in with the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The resources will focus on sections of the bible from the Gospel of Matthew.

Rev Trevor Jamison, chaplain of Eco-Congregation Scotland, said:

"This is an opportunity for Christians of all traditions to emphasise the gift of life in God's Creation through song, prayer and scripture and to ponder how we can best respond as people who live on this planet.

"Following the theme of 'Journeying with God', the celebration will consider how we can step lightly in a fragile environment."

An ecumenical movement

Creation Time was established in 1989 when the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, which has its headquarters in Turkey, stated there should be a day "of protection of the natural environment".

In the following decade, the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) recommended the proposal and the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania formally endorsed the Christian movement in 2007.

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Bee houses. Photo Ruth Hartnup on flickr.

Since 2008, churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) have coordinated annually to help churches to celebrate God's Creation.

This year, the material has been created by individuals from a range of denominations including the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church, the Salvation Army and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Group member Rev Jenny Adams, minister of Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman church in Moray, said: "Creation Time brings God's creation and our call to care for it into special focus.

"Offering worship material hopefully assists those preparing and leading worship to integrate Creation Time and its themes into congregational life.

"This year, it makes connections through the idea of journeying, using the lectionary Bible readings and insights from an ecumenical team of writers so we can learn together to journey more sustainably through life."

The resources are now being used around the world through the Season of Creation website. You can also find all the Creation Time resources from the September worship resources section of the Church of Scotland website.

There are 282 Church of Scotland eco-congregations, many of which have been awarded the Eco-Congregation Award for Environmental Excellence.

A gift

Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the Church of Scotland says:

"The challenge people of faith find in today's technologically-driven world is to find ways in which we can re-engage with the wonder, glory and demands of the globe on which we live.

"All around us, on and in the land, as well as in the waters and seas, 'gift' is abundant. How we nurture and share it remains one of the great opportunities of our generation.

"Creation Time offers ways for us to explore again the relationship we have with the world around us."

If you would like to learn more about Eco-Congregation Scotland please visit their website

Creation Time Eco-Congregation Scotland Resources