Skip Navigation

Topic: United Methodists Care for Creation

The Rev. David Valera leads a prayer at the climate vigil during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The climate vigil was an effort offer prayers and concern for the ways that climate change is impacting creation. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

The Rev. David Valera leads a prayer at the climate vigil during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon.

A relationship with God's creation and a ministry of caring for and healing the earth are integral to what it means to be a United Methodist.

The following is an excerpt from the Social Principles: The Natural World:

"All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect."

From Social Principles: The Natural World in The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. © 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

Featured

Pastor who built tiny house learned lessons about going green, living simply, and making room for Jesus. Screen capture from a video by United Methodist Communications.

Pastor on going green: Smaller footprint, more room for Jesus

United Methodist pastor Rev. Rebecca Rutter believes living simply benefits our planet and can deepen our spiritual lives. Earth Day is April 22. Read More

Lighting for Literacy co-founder Doug McNeil looks on as Maxine Parr drills pipes to make solar powered light kits for homes in Colonet, Mexico.

Church Builds Lights for Literacy

An idea for Earth Day at one United Methodist church is now touching lives around the planet and teaching STEM concepts to youth. View

A nature scene from Lake Junaluska taken in August 2013. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

Christians and Creation: ‘You can’t love God and ignore the Earth’

Care for Earth is a spiritual issue. Pastor reminds us of moral duty to care for Creation: 'It reflects the way we treat the life God has given us.' Read More