Time for Creation

1 September to 4 October is Time for Creation.

The beginning and the end date of Time for Creation are linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity, respectively.

September 1st was proclaimed as  a day of prayer for the environment by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. The Orthodox church year starts that day with a commemoration of how God created the world. On 4 October, Roman Catholics and other churches from the Western traditions commemorate Francis of Assisi, known to many as the author of the Canticle of the Creatures.

The proposal to celebrate a Time for Creation during these five weeks was made by the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007.The following year, the WCC Central Committee invited churches to observe Time for Creation through prayers and actions.

This year, during Time for Creation, we suggest you join the preparation for the WCC 10th Assembly which will take place in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 30 October to 8 November 2013. The Assembly is a unique moment when the fellowship of churches unites in prayer, celebration and sets the future agenda for the council.

The assembly theme, “God of life, lead us to justice and peace” provides a focus for theological reflection, worship and meditation, as well as for planning programmatic activities before, during and after the assembly.

Life, justice and peace are intimately related to creation. Creation is indeed life threatened; there is an urgent need for eco-justice and peace with the earth.

Thirteen articles exploring the assembly theme in relation to the life-threatening ways in which we treat our planet and its inhabitants can be found in the March issue of The Ecumenical Review, entitled Ecumenical and Ecological Reflections on the God of Life.

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