The ELCIC invites members and congregations to join with Christians of various traditions in celebrating an honouring a Season of Creation, held annually from September 1 to October 4.

Season of Creation Resources

KAIROS is offering weekly themes related to climate change with the goal of nurturing our own personal gifts and motivating and inspiring a daily practice of takng action for the climate. 

Check out the Season of Creation Celebration Guide. Christians on six continents get together for a time of restoration and hope, a jubillee for our Earth, and to discover radically new ways of living with creation. 

Read the full article on the Season of Creation devotions.

History

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 October 4, Lutherans, 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 Season of Creation during these five weeks was made by the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007. The following year, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee invited churches to observe Season of Creation through prayers and actions. In 2015, Pope Francis has designated September 1st as a World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation for the worldwide Roman Catholic Church as well. In some circles, Season of Creation has also previously been known as Time for Creation.

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