WASHINGTON, D.C. — After three decades under the auspices of the National Council of Churches (USA), its Eco-Justice Program will become “Creation Justice Ministries” while branching off on its own. Tyler Edgar, former assistant director of the Eco-Justice Program, will be Executive Director to guide this “new” organization.
The ministry focus remains the same: working through education, training and public witness to protect God’s people and planet.
Structure of Creation Justice Ministries mirrors the Eco-Justice Program’s to ensure continued engagement by Protestant denominations and Orthodox communions.
John Hill, director of Economic & Environmental Justice at the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society, has been involved in the Working Group transition committee that fostered the change. Hill said this has been discussed for quite awhile and was precipitated by the National Council of Churches re-visioning and restructuring of its ministries.
A major task of the Working Group is to provide program ideas and resources to help congregations as they engage in eco-justice, which includes all ministries designed to heal and defend creation, working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it.
Similar to the Eco-Justice Program, Creation Justice Ministries provides resources and training related to issues such as the following:
- Climate and Energy
- Earth Day Sunday
- Environmental Health
- Environmental Justice
- Food and Farming
- Green Building
- Land and Wilderness
- Water Resources
Resources include sermons, environmental statements, sign-on advocacy letters and training through webinars and teleconferences. The program provides up-to-date opportunities for action, and an “activists toolbox” with strategies and suggestions on how to contact government representatives.
Ministry focus remains … working through education, training and public witness to protect God’s people and planet.
Besides the United Methodist General Boards of Church & Society and Global Ministries, others involved with Creation Justice Ministries include The Alliance of Baptists, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Church of the Brethren, Community of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Mennonite Central Committee U.S., Orthodox Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Progressive National Baptist Convention, Reformed Church in America, and United Church of Christ.
To learn more, visit Creation Justice Ministries. Be aware that this new website is under development, and is growing rapidly.
For more information, you can contact Tyler Edgar via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.