The Season of Creation is celebrated around the world and in many faith traditions. Pope Francis established the Season of Creation within the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar 2015. The season begins on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology.
Our theme for Season of Creation 2021 is
A Home For All? Renewing the Beloved Community of God.
The Earth, our common home, belongs to God, and each beloved creature belongs to this community.
The Earth is a gift, and we are called into kinship to protect and support this gift so generously given.
By rooting our theme in the concept of community, we point to the integral web of relationships that sustain the well-being of the Earth. The word “ecology” describes the relationships between animals, plants, minerals, and non-sentient organisms that each play a vital role in maintaining the balance of this beloved community. Each creature is important and contributes to the health and resilience of the biodiverse ecosystem in which it lives.
Human relationships also have ecological significance. Economic, social, and political relationships affect the balance of creation. Everything that we manufacture, produce, and use has its origin in the Earth, whether mineral, plant, or animal based. Our habits of consuming energy and goods affect the resilience of environmental systems and the capacity of the Earth to heal itself and sustain life.
Sustaining just ecological, social, economic, and political relationships requires our faith, reason, and wisdom.
Faith gives us trust that God’s Spirit is constantly renewing the face of the Earth. Reason and wisdom give us the knowledge and courage to make a difference. We are called to participate in renewing the whole inhabited Earth, safeguarding a place for every creature, and to reform just relationships among all creation.
We hope that you will participate with us in renewing our beloved community of God and together create a flourishing future for all of God’s creation.
Below are links to resources to support your journey. Follow us on social media and visit our website as we update and add resources throughout the season.
May gladness and praise fill your heart as you celebrate this special season.