Environmental Resources

Creation Matters, the Environmental Subcommittee of the Diocese of Toronto, provides networking and resource support as your parish plans to make creation and the environment part of your worship, education and life. If you are interested in getting involved with Creation Matters, contact the chair, Elin Goulden, at e.goulden@sympatico.ca.

NEW earth posterCreation Matters posters available
Working with the national church’s Creation Matters network, we have produced an 11″ x 17″ poster illustrating the Fifth Mark of Mission: “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.” It features action ideas and links to environmental resources found on this page and on the website of the Anglican Church of Canada.

All parishes are invited to put up a poster on their bulletin board. For your parish’s copy, contact your regional dean or email Ryan Weston at rweston@toronto.anglican.ca.

Workshop explores creation texts and Gospel narratives
Is the Bible actually green, or are we just making it that way? What does the Biblical text actually say about God’s creative activity and human participation? Did Jesus have anything to say about creation? Explore these questions, and others, in a five-week course offered by the Rev. Stephen Drakeford. For more information, download the flyer; to book the course for your parish, contact Mr. Drakeford at spdrakeford@gmail.com.

Workshop strengthens prayers of the people
The Rev. Canon John Hill offers a workshop for people who lead intercessions, covering topics such as engaging the congregation and praying for difficult current issues. For more information, download the flyer or contact Canon Hill at john.w.b.hill@sympatico.ca.

Environmental resources available

Creation Matters has put together resources for use in your parish, including a step-by-step guide for greening your space.

Green Congregation Guide
Fill out the environmental checklist to see how green your congregation is and get ideas for improvement.

Christian Ecology Link (CEL)
A multidenominational Christian organization in the UK for people concerned about the environment.

Faith and the Common Good
A Canadian interfaith group that works for justice, peace and ecological protection. Check out their resource section.

Renewing Our Relationship With the Earth
An environmental guide from the Diocese of Ottawa. Includes environmental tips for home, garden and other areas of life, as well as church.

Recommended Reading

The Green Bible by Stephen Bede Scharper and Hilary Cunningham

Redeeming the Time: A Political Theology of the Environment by Stephen Bede Scharper

The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Berry