We celebrate the inextricable link which binds together the destinies of all of God’s creatures.
The Season of Creation embraces the Bible’s vision of the earth in which all of God’s creatures – human and other forms – live in a peaceful and harmonious environment, sharing equitably the rich and sustaining resources of the planet. We also acknowledge an unfortunate reality – that in all aspects of creation, this vision is blurred or hidden by human division, arrogance, war, greed, and the abuse of our natural environment.
Since 1998, SsAM has participated in the development of the Season of Creation as the newest season in the liturgical calendar. This year, SsAM celebrates the Season of Creation, October 15 through November 26.
The Season of Creation begins with an environmental justice lunch and forum.
Are you interested in learning about environmental justice, but aren’t sure where to start? Are you familiar with the concept of environmental justice and want to know more about the positive changes in Delaware? Do you want to make sure that everyone has access to clean air, water, land and food? Are you interested in taking action with other like-minded people, helping to reduce the impacts of pollution and environmental racism in your community?
The event starts with the church service at 10:30 am. Lunch starts at Noon, followed by the panel discussion. You are welcome at the lunch and panel discussion whether or not you attend the church service. The panel discussion features environmental activists in our state and beyond including Michele Roberts, State Representative Larry Lambert, community environmental activist Dora Williams, and several others. Sponsored by Delaware Concerned Residents for Environmental Justice. Please let us know you are coming for lunch by using the Contact Us form on this website.
In the Beginning, October 15, 2023 Michele Roberts, Preacher; National Co-Coordinator for the Environmental Justice Health Alliance
Our Living Planet, October 22, 2023 The Rev. Patrick Burke, Preacher; Rector, The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew
Our World at Peace, October 29, 2023 The Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon, Preacher; Racial Justice & Reconciliation Missioner, Episcopal Church in Delaware
The Saints Among Us, November 5, 2023 The Rev. Patrick Burke, Preacher
Our Common Humanity, November 12, 2023 The Rev. Patrick Burke, Preacher
Our Role as Stewards, November 19, 2023 Bill Perkins, Preacher; Former Executive Director, Friendship House
The Cosmic Christ, November 26, 2023 The Rev. Patrick Burke, Preacher
Let us join the people of the Episcopal Province of New England in a commitment:
- To act together to honor the goodness and sacredness of God’s creation;
- To acknowledge the urgency of the planetary crisis in which we now find ourselves;
- To pray and take action to restore a right relationship between humankind and creation;
- To lift up prayers in person and public worship for environmental justice, human rights, and sustainable development;
- To repent of greed and waste, and to seek simplicity of life;
- To commit ourselves to energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable sources of energy;
- To reduce, reuse, and recycle, and as far as possible to buy products from recycled materials;
- To realize that, through participation in community public policy, and business decision-making, we have corporate as well as individual opportunities to practice environmental stewardship and justice;
- To seek to understand and uproot the political, social and economic causes of environmental abuse.
(Thank you to the Episcopal Bishops of New England)