Season of Creation: 5 things to know about ...
To help launch the Season of Creation, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, issued a historic joint statement. The first-ever message from the three faith leaders calls on all Christians and their communities to address the “unprecedented threat of climate change and environmental degradation.”
Why is it so significant, and what should we do now? Here are five things to know about their historic message.
1. The Season of Creation is an opportunity to create real change in the world.
The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration of prayer and action for our common home. The season started 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.
The leaders wrote that this special time of the year is an opportunity to change our ways and never look back. Weeks ahead of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, Christians have an opportunity to advocate and create real change for our common home during the ecumenical season.
“May we not waste this moment. We must decide what kind of world we want to leave to future generations,” the leaders wrote.