|The Season of Creation is a monthlong prayerful observance that calls the planet’s 2.2 billion Christians to pray and care for God’s creation. It’s a time to reflect on our relationship with the environment — not just “distant” nature, but, crucially, the place where we live — and the ways in which our lifestyles and decisions as a society can endanger both the natural world and those inhabiting it, both humans and other creatures.
The Season of Creation is supported by a number of leading Christian organizations, including the World Council of Churches, Christian Aid, the Lutheran World Federation, the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, the Global Catholic Climate Movement and the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.
The Season of Creation spans 34 days.
It begins Sept. 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. It concludes Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.
In recent years, ecumenical organizers have suggested themes as a way to unify celebrations across communities and call attention to ecological challenges facing the world.
This year, organizers suggested the theme, “Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope.” Jubilee, in biblical terms, refers to a period of restoration every 50 years, when the land rests and justice is restored.
“During the season this year, we enter a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, that requires radically new ways of living with creation,” the committee said, including “the need for just and sustainable systems” to take better care of both people and planet.
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