Here is an updated message from our friends at the World Council of Churches, who helped coordinate thousands of churches ringing their bells 350 times on 13 December, 2009:

In a message honouring the Day for Creation, 1 September, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I expressed his hope that the financial and economic crisis experienced by many societies would bring about "a powerful change in direction, to a path of viable and sustainable environmental development."

Churches from a broad range of countries and traditions are in the midst of a 40 day Time for Creation participating with prayers and other activities, and culminating with the 10/10/10 Global Work Party.

In 1989 the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I started a tradition of annual prayer for the environment when he proclaimed the first day of prayer for the environment on 1 September, the first day of the Orthodox church year.

Nowadays, 1 September is known to Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic Christians alike as the beginning of the Time for Creation, during which churches and congregations are called to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for the whole earth and all that lives, grows and exists.

In 2010, the WCC proposes to extend the Time for Creation until 10 October, so as to join a global civil society movement celebrating climate solutions around the world on 10 October 2010.

As 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, many churches will give thanks for the dazzling variety of nature and pray for its preservation. The WCC and the AACC are asking Christians to pray especially for and with people in Africa, where biodiversity and human welfare are both threatened by climate change. Prayers and other texts and ideas that can be adapted for local use have been made available via the WCC website.

Read the full text of the message by the Ecumenical Patriarch

More on the Time for Creation

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