Environmental Justice

Social Concerns
The Rev. Deidra Wright shows off some of the bounty of the community garden at Columbia Drive United Methodist Church, which she founded. Photo courtesy of Columbia Drive United Methodist Church.

Creation care gets traction as priority

United Methodist efforts to be environmentally friendly are on the rise. EarthKeepers training through Global Ministries is a popular way to get started.
Mission and Ministry
Ancient redwood trees tower above Redwood National and State Parks near Orick, Calif., in 2017. The United Methodist Church’s efforts to address climate concerns extends to its pension and benefits programs. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Wespath using financial clout for climate change

The United Methodist Church’s efforts to address climate concerns extends to the church agency that supervises and administers its pension and benefits programs, plans and funds.
Evangelism
Phyllis Terwilliger takes note of the height of tomato stakes at The Giving Garden, a ministry of Franklin (Tenn.) First United Methodist Church that donates the food grown there to people in need. She and her husband, the Rev. Mark Terwilliger, from Countryside Community Church, a United Methodist fellowship in Clarks Summit, Pa., were attending the 2019 United Methodist Creation Care Summit in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Urgency needed to combat climate change

United Methodists agreed at a conference on climate change that the church must be more systemic and aggressive to help keep the planet Earth supporting human life.
Mission and Ministry
Staff at the World Council of Churches speak during a public launch in Geneva for a new downloadable resource to help churches take practical steps to care for the earth. The event also honored the legacy of the Rev. Norman Tendis, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash two days earlier. From left are Isabel Apawo Phiri, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit,  Dr. Manoj Kurian and Dinesh Suna. Photo by Ivars Kupcis/WCC.

A pastor’s legacy: Roadmap for all churches

Before he died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, the Rev. Norman Tendis completed a practical congregational guide to creation care, a project of the World Council of Churches.

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