Earth Care Pledge
Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.
1. Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation and declare that God calls us to cherish, protect and restore this earth.
2. In education, we will seek learning and teaching opportunities to know and understand the threats to God’s creation and the damage already inflicted. We will encourage and support each other in finding ways of keeping and healing the creation in response to God’s call to earth-keeping, justice and community.
3. Our facilities will be managed, maintained and upgraded in a manner that respects and cherishes all creation, human and non-human, while meeting equitably the needs of all people. In our buildings and on our grounds we will use energy efficiently, conserve resources, and share what we have in abundance so that God’s holy creation will be sustainable for all life and future generations.
4. Our outreach will encourage public policy and community involvement that protects and restores the vulnerable and degraded earth as well as oppressed and neglected people. We will be mindful that our personal and collective actions can positively or negatively affect our neighborhood, region, nation and world. We will seek to achieve environmental justice through coalitions and ecumenical partnerships.
In 1990, the 202nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1990) adopted a resolution which encouraged congregations to rethink their relationship with God's creation. Specifically, the resolution included a "Call to Restore the Creation," in which the General Assembly recognizes, among other things, that restoring creation:
• is a central concern of the church, to be incorporated into its life and mission at every level;
• is not a short-term concern to be handled in a few years, but a continuing task to which the nation and the world must give attention and commitment; and
• is a calling that requires both "covenant seriousness" and "practical awareness that cherishing God’s creation enhances the ability of the church to achieve its other goals."
To become certified as an Earth Care Congregation, churches must take the “Earth Care Pledge” (see below) and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach. First Presbyterian Church is honored to be listed among those congregations who have committed themselves to good stewardship of God's creation.
Stewardship of the Earth
70 UNION STREET NORTH
CONCORD, NC 28025