Under the leadership of Bishop Staccato Powell, the Western Episcopal District is involved in several national initiatives that focuses on people of faith’s environmental responsibility and obligation to care for, respect and protect God’s creation. Currently, the WED is affiliated with Creation Justice Ministries and eco-America.
Creation Justice Ministries (formerly the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program) represents the creation care and environmental justice policies of major Christian denominations throughout the United States. Creation Justice works in cooperation with 38 national faith bodies including Protestant denominations and Orthodox communions as well as regional faith groups, and congregants to protect and restore God's Creation.
Doing "creation justice" means protecting, restoring, and rightly sharing God's creation. Those involved seek justice for all of God's creation, including the human beings who live in it. The approach to creation justice is informed by respect and love for our Creator. It draws on the rich heritage of Christian scriptures and traditions which call us not only to till and keep the Earth, but also to act for racial, economic, and environmental justice.
Read more about the concept of Creation justice.
eco-America is missioned to build a critical mass of public support and political will for climate action in the United States by developing a network of trusted leaders and institutions who will commit to and advocate for climate solutions with their stakeholders and policymakers.
Faith communities are uniquely positioned to lead on climate change — and they will have a determining impact on solutions. ecoAmerica works individually and collectively with nearly 20 national denominations to connect climate change with their core values, and help them lead on climate solutions. They don’t join us, we join them. Through their clergy and places of worship in virtually every community in America, ecoAmerica helps faith organizations to lead on mitigation and to advocate for action with their congregations and communities.
The AMEZ-WED has collaborated with ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow program, a multi-faith initiative that empowers people of faith to care for God’s creation through climate action and advocacy. This is a program by people of faith, for people of faith, offering ideas, tools, and language that are familiar, compelling and effective in addressing climate change.
To gain a better understanding of the depth and scope of ecoAmerica’s work and it partnership with faith organizations, take a moment to review The 2018 Impact Report which focuses primarily on the organization’s mission, goals, objectives and programmatic thrust.
Helpful guides for churches and congregations to engage can be found here by clicking on the links below
We invite you to attend the American Climate Leadership Summit 2019 – May 1-2, 2019 in Washington DC