The National Council of Churches
- Marching Since: September 07, 2005
As Christians, we are called to care for all of God’s children, especially the most vulnerable, and to protect and restore God’s creation. Climate change is a threat to all people and all of creation. As people of faith, we understand our responsibilities to protect the sacred gifts given by God and to heal a world torn by brokenness and human strife. Global warming, like all human-induced environmental degradation, is a sign of this brokenness.>
Many of the Council’s 26 religious denominations such as the Presbyterian Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have developed policy statements on the need to address global warming and are taking action in their own faith communities. In addition, interfaith and ecumenical groups in eighteen states across the USA have formed coalitions of religious people from all faith communities to educate and advocate on the issue of global warming. These interfaith campaigns are supported by the National Council of the Churches of Christ USA and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life.
Since 1983, with the formation of Eco-Justice Working Group, the National Council of Churches has been providing an opportunity for the national bodies of member Protestant and Orthodox denominations to work together to protect and restore God’s Creation. A major task of our environmental ministry is to provide program ideas and resources to help congregations as they engage in eco-justice. We join this march because of the importance for protecting and caring for God’s creation by addressing global warming.