Explore how Canadian Anglicans are meeting our commitments to the fifth Mark of Mission: to “safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
A Carbon Fast for Lent 2016: For Lent this year, the Anglican Communion Environmental Network is encouraging Anglicans to take on a Carbon Fast and to reduce actions that damage God’s creation. Download the Carbon Fast 2016 calendar or follow ACEN’s Facebook page throughout Lent at www.facebook.com/GreenAnglicans for details of each day’s fasting challenge, Bible text and prayer.
Green Audit Applications: ** This program is undergoing review and improvements. No new applications will be accepted at this time.** Green audits offer parishes an opportunity to more sustainably care for buildings and properties, and increase capacity for local mission.
2015 UN Climate Conference in Paris
World leaders are working to complete “a new international agreement on the climate” at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, from November 30 to December 11, 2015.
Prayers for Paris is an engaging collection of resources and activities to support faith action on climate change! It includes worship materials, a cross-Canada prayer chain, and a call for climate action produced by Citizens for Public Justice.
The Storforsen Appeal, composed at a conference hosted in Storforsen, Sweden in October 2015, urges delegates and leadership attending the Paris Climate Conference to take bold action and make brave decisions on climate change.
On Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada: Faith Communities Speak Out is a statement that represents the broadest and deepest coalition yet of religious leaders in Canada on the topics of climate, poverty, and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The statement calls upon the Canadian government to take global leadership to positively influence COP21. En français.
Mission and the environment: a video interview
The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, identifies climate change as a moral and spiritual challenge that demands a response from Canadian Anglicans.
- Leap Manifesto: as a member of KAIROS, the Anglican Church has signed on to this this manifesto that calls for respecting the rights of Indigenous peoples and supporting renewable energy.
- Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out on promoting climate justice and ending poverty in Canada (English / Français).
- We must unite to safeguard God’s creation, an Op Ed published on September 23, 2015, by Anglican and Lutheran Bishops Katharine Jefferts Schori, Elizabeth Eaton, Fred Hiltz and Susan Johnson.
- Earth Day 2015 Statement by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Anglican Church of Canada, and National Bishop Susan Johnson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
- The World is our Host: A Call to Urgent Action for Climate Justice, a 2015 Good Friday statement by a group of 17 Anglican Bishops from all six continents, including Canadian Bishop Mark MacDonald; Bishop Jane Alexander (Edmonton); and, the Rev. Ken Gray, co-chair of the Creation Matters Working Group, and secretary of the Anglican Communion Environment Network (ACEN).
- A Declaration: The Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change (English / Français): October 2011 statement from the Primate and 25 other faith leaders calling for the Canadian government to take specific action against climate change. Read a General Synod news story about this work.
Please note that use of texts or portions of liturgical texts in addition to those authorized for use in the Anglican Church of Canada, require the express permission of your diocesan bishop. This is particularly relevant for certain prayers (eucharistic prayers, credal affirmations) contained in these resources, in which such permission must be obtained, according to diocesan practice.
- Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis, published by Citizens for Public Justice, brings together scripture, reflections, activities and prayers on a range of current ecological issues by diverse Canadian Christians.
- Creation Matters downloadable poster is a winsome and colourful poster that features various action ideas. It is available in Word (8.5” x 11”) and in PDF (11” x 17”).
- Season of Creation 3: Authorized by the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, this resource contains five themes: Climate Change, Eco-justice, Water, Creation and Redemption, and Biodiversity..
- The Story of Creation: a Sunday School resource with foreword by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town.
- World Environmental Day 2016: Wild for Life: Resource for World Environment Day 2016 produced by Anglican Church of Southern African Environmental Network.
- The Creation Matters Working Group, composed of diocesan ecological justice representatives, shares information about ecological issues and actions across Canada; connects with various organizations and movements for impact; and actively engages Anglicans to live into the 5thMark of Mission. See how dioceses are responding to the challenge to Green Anglican Spaces:
- Greening Sacred Spaces, an initiative of Faith and the Common Good, assists faith communities to create a more sustainable and energy efficient place of worship, and to educate members about ecological issues.
- KAIROS: Working with church partners, KAIROS offer many resources on climate justice, including liturgical resources and policy backgrounders.
- The Anglican Communion Environment Network (ACEN) provides news, resources, stories and links to Anglican environmental action worldwide.
- The Green Church Network, which aims to empower faith communities in adopting environmentally aware practices through action and awareness.