Caring for God's Creation

Caring for God's Creation

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it; the world, and those who live in it.”
Psalm 24:1

The Caring for God’s Creation Ministry (CFGC) has been prayerfully leading University Christian Church in its stewardship of God’s good earth for over 15 years. Replacing the Styrofoam cups used in the church building was one of Caring for God’s Creation’s early projects. The cups, sporting the ministry’s logo, are now used at all coffee fellowships and a team of CFGC folks has committed to washing them every Sunday morning after they are used.

CFGC informs and encourages church policies for recycling and sustainable, efficient energy use: placement of recycling containers throughout the building; use of energy efficient lighting; green cleaning products; use of china instead of disposables at church events; use of programmable thermostats; and purchasing 10% of electricity by wind power.

To solve a muddy run-off problem at the corner of the Cantey/Rogers street UCC parking lot, a Xeriscape garden was created and now contains a variety of Texas-acclimated plants which do not require supplemental watering.

Every year, CFGC encourages participation in Earth Stewardship Sunday, which has included a worship theme focused on God’s good earth and after worship events such as meals with local produce, a butterfly release, dedication of the peace pole and providing interactive activities to help inform the congregation of ways to make a difference.

Green Chalice

Because of the thoughtful and diligent work of UCC’s Caring for God’s Creation ministry, UCC is part of Green Chalice, a ministry of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) whose mission is to connect Christian faith, spiritual practice and creation consciousness in order to demonstrate the fullness of God’s peace.

UCC’s Caring for God’s Creation Mission Statement

As stewards of the earth, we are called to live in harmony with the environment, to respect and to honor the gifts of God’s creation.

Caring for God's Creation
To live out our call we will:

Practice good stewardship of resources in daily living;
Increase understanding of the issues through study, dialogue and prayer;
Advocate locally, nationally, and globally, for the good of the whole;
Encourage equitable sharing of global resources; and
Challenge ourselves and others to “use only what we need.”

Earth Stewardship Sunday

The Sunday closest to Earth Day is celebrated by faith communities around the world as Earth Stewardship Day. Our worship, on that Sunday, will highlight our shared blessings from God’s creation and our responsibilities for its care.

Caring for God’s Creation Committee

To learn more, contact Rev. Jessica Vacketta.