I am a scientist and a Christian. I see no conflict between these two roles, in fact, in my view, they complement one another. I am an Episcopalian, and a member of Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky. As part of my lay ministry within the Church, I am increasingly working with congregations of various faiths to address the urgent issue of climate change
What is Creation Care?
Creation Care is the duty placed by God on people of faith to care for the Earth and all of its resources and creatures. The Abrahamic faiths are particularly and increasingly engaged in Creation Care. Each faith has made explicit commitments, as described here: Judaism, Christianity, Islam. Climate change is an increasing threat to humanity and the natural world, and must be addressed without delay. As a result, most Creation Care efforts must focus on climate change and its impacts.
The origin of the imperative for Creation Care lies in the Book of Genesis, when God directed people to “tend the Garden.” Narrowly, this means the Garden of Eden, but more broadly it refers to all of God’s creation. One of the most famous passages in the New Testament is John 3:16, which says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” As the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has recently emphasized, the first phrase “For God so loved the world.” It could have said “For God so loved us” or “For God so loved his people” but it does not. God loves the World and all that is within it. John 3:16 is a restating of the imperative that God gave us in Genesis: we have an obligation to tend the Garden.
In the next few weeks, I will begin providing resources on Creation Care, some of it from my own work, and some from others.
Creation Care statement by The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.