Religious teachings invite people of all faiths to care for the Earth every day. Consider these ideas as you find ways to incorporate earth care into your faith community’s work and in your personal daily journey.  Almost all of these tips are adaptable for virtual worship and fellowship! 

  • Commit to preaching in your faith community about environmental justice and eco-stewardship. Connect your faith leader with GIPL to learn how to preach and teach on climate justice and environmental issues.
  • Include prayers for the Earth and the Divine presence in Creation during weekly services!  For resources on liturgy, prayers, blessings, and sermon ideas particular to your tradition, scroll to the bottom of this page.
  • Embrace Art!  Have an artistic member craft artwork, offer a liturgical dance, or share a poem of their own that explores the connection between the Divine and Creation.
  • Hold an educational workshop or open forum dedicated to the topic of environmental stewardship as a faithful practice.
  • Pass-the-Plate for the Earth! Consider dedicating your congregation’s offering to GIPL or another environmental cause, or allocate those funds to your own congregation’s Green Team or sustainability commitments.
  • Grow a garden ! Consider edible landscapes for your faith community’s outdoor spaces or partner with a local community garden, and use the fruits of your labor in worship.
  • Commit to zero-waste worship and congregational events! Recycle and compost all refuse from the weekend’s activities, and contact Hannah Shultz, Program Associate to schedule a Waste Audit.
  • Make a pledge as a congregation to use less energy and water. Schedule a professional energy audit and water audit through GIPL’s Power Wise and Water Wise programs.
  • Host a vegetarian meal in your faith community! Use the time to discuss issues about food waste, sustainability, and environmental stewardship.
  • Enjoy the outdoors together as a faith community! Worship outside, or plan a communal walk/hike and explore a local park. Engage all your senses to engage the wonders of Creation all around.
  • Screen a documentary about an environmental issue. The GIPL team has many film suggestions for faith communities to view, like Flint: The Poisoning of an American City, which includes a follow-up discussion around water issues in Georgia. Email Program Associate Hannah Shultz to setup your screening!
  • Invite someone, or several people, from your faith community to give a testimony about why they care about environmental justice and stewardship and why they got involved in this work. Our Creator is calling all of us to explore the intersection between faith, climate, and justice, so trust your own ideas when they come to you!

Greening your Faith: Prayers & Worship Resources