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! 

  • Preach and teach about it!  Commit to preaching in your congregation about Creation care and environmental stewardship. Connect your faith leader with GIPL to learn how to preach and teach on climate justice and environmental issues. Contact the GIPL office at info@gipl.org  if you need a few sermon ideas.
  • Include prayers for the Earth in weekly services! Offer a liturgy, prayer for the Earth, or a blessing from your tradition that points out the Divine presence in Creation and calls us to commit ourselves to protecting the Earth. 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 congregant 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 forum, panel, Sunday school class, or an open conversation after the service dedicated to the topic of environmental stewardship as a faithful practice.  Learn more about GIPL’s classes and workshops.
  • 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. Bring in those flowers or other bounty from the garden for the altar as an offering.
  • Commit to zero-waste worship and congregational events! Recycle and compost all refuse from the weekend’s activities and make plans to conduct a GIPL Waste Audit of your worship space.  Contact Codi Norred, Program Director at codi@gipl.org to coordinate a Waste Audit.
  • Pray for the Earth! Create a prayer labyrinth or series of meditation stations (preferably outdoors). Encourage people to think about their connection with God and the Earth.
  • Make a pledge as a congregation to use less energy and water. Schedule a professional energy audit through GIPL’s Power Wise program.
  • Host a vegetarian meal in your faith community! Use the time to discuss issues about food waste, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. Share resources about reducing meat in daily diets and the positive impact that has on our bodies and our planet.
  • Get outside! Worship outside. Take a hike. Enjoy the outdoors together as a faith community. Have a communal walk as a class or before offering the final benediction. Center with questions like: What do you see? What do you hear? What is missing? Where is God? Engage all senses to engage the wonders of Creation all around.
  • Show a video or screen a documentary about an environmental issue. You could do this in the context of a class or as a mid-week service. The GIPL team has many film suggestions.  We are currently encouraging congregations to screen Flint: The Poisoning of an American City, with a follow-up discussion led by GIPL around water issues in Georgia. Email Program Director Codi Norred at codi@gipl.org to setup your screening!
  • Invite someone, or several people, from the congregation to give a testimony about why they care about environmental stewardship and why they got involved in this work. God is calling all of us to explore the intersection between faith and Creation, so trust your own ideas when they come to you!

Greening your Faith: Tools from your Religious Tradition