August 4th, 2016
This September, churches in Ireland will join Christians throughout the world in celebrating the natural world and reflecting upon ways to decrease their ecological footprint, in a celebration known as ‘Creation Time’.
Running from the 1st of September until the Feast of St Francis on the 4th of October, this festival enables Christians of many traditions to explore better ways to relate to the natural world in all areas of their lives, from how they worship, live and work, to their property and finance management, community outreach and contact with the developing world.
Eco-Congregation Ireland (ECI) – an inter-church project working on accentuating ecological messages in the practices of Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches as well as the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Ireland – is promoting this initiative in Ireland, which has been running since 2008.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) has compiled a programme of resources to assist churches observing Creation Time since its inception. These include suggestions on a variety of ways in which churches, groups and individuals could choose to focus on a creation theme at this particular time of the year. This year’s material follows the theme: ‘Followers of Jesus, Caring for Creation’.