Faith communities in Washington, DC and Maryland are invited to participate November 12-14, 2021 or any weekend this fall, committing to turn away from burning — learning, acting, and speaking out for an end to burning dangerous methane gas in our homes and communities.
Some of our congregations are meeting online right now, and others in person or in a hybrid mode. Regardless, explore the resources below to engage your community and to vote for elected officials who share our value of Creation Care.
Call to Action for Worship Materials
Whether we are gathered online or in-person, we can take action together, and in community! We’re inviting congregations to do so by setting aside a few minutes during worship or other programming to allow individuals to call on their elected officials to make climate and environmental justice a priority.
To introduce the action, we’ve created a short 5 minute sample script:
Call to Action Bulletin
All in-person congregations are encouraged to distribute bulletin inserts, ideally as part of the service, and to recollect the filled in bottom portion, perhaps as part of the offering. (Afterwards please mail the completed bulletin inserts to IPL-DMV, 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. Thank you!)
If your congregation requested a specific number of bulletin inserts, we will mail them to you. However, if you need to print more, there is a PDF version below.
Virtual and hybrid meeting congregations can instead direct congregants to complete this online call to action form at ipldmv.org/methane.
Sermon/Dvar Torah Speaking Notes
Resources for Christian communities
* Resources for all Christian churches
– Climate in the Pulpits: Sermon starter from the Revised Common Lectionary
– IPL-DMV: Why are Christians called to address Climate Change? (VA action)
– From Creation Justice Ministries: Ethics of Energy study guide
* Resources for African-American/Black churches
* Resources for Catholic parishes
– From Catholic Climate Covenant: “The Healing Power of Love in Action: Creation Care in a Time of Pandemic and Partisanship” Feast of St. Francis Resources
– From Marty Haugen/GIA Publications: Hymns for a Mass of Creation (for purchase)
* Resources for children & youth
– From Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA): Light Switch Reminders coloring sheet
– From Catholic Climate Covenant: Friending Planet Earth Curriculum (youth)
– From Green Anglicans: The Story of Creation Sunday School Curriculum (children)
– From New Community Project: Operation Creation! Curriculum (children)
* Recursos para las iglesias en español
– De la Alianza Católica para el Clima: Cuidar la creación de Dios: Recursos para la liturgia, la predicación y la acción
– Del Columban Center: Guía de Estudio Para Personas Y Grupos Pequeños
Resources for Jewish communities
– Climate on the Bimah: Dvar Torah Notes
– Jewish text studies: Toward a Wiser Use of Energy and Genesis and Human Stewardship of the Earth
– Climate Action Guide: Climate Action Shabbat Guide from Hazon and Dayenu
Resources for Muslim communities
Resources for Unitarian Universalist communities
Virginia Climate in the Pulpit Resources
In northern Virginia, through a partnership between Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, and Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, pastors, rabbis, imams, and other clergy in faith communities across the region will be raising up voting as a sacred responsibility of our Kinship with Creation. Faith communities in Virginia are invited to participate on or around the weekend of October 1-3, 2021, when some Christian churches will be celebrating the Feast of St. Francis, patron saint of animals and the natural world.
– Daily Mass Readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Times