Christian Leaders Demonstrate Growing Support for Environmental Protection

A Franciscan brother prays under an icon of St. Francis of Assisi during an ecumenical worship service of "Prayer for the Planet" at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Martyrs in Marrakech during the COP22 UN climate conference in Morocco, 8 November 2016.

The first of September is the World Day of Prayer for Creation and the opening of the Season of Creation, meant to be a “spiritual walk” with various steps through the city of Saint Francis.

During the prayer service, top representatives of the world’s Christian traditions will call the faithful to care for the Earth during the Season of Creation. They will also call for ambition at this December’s UN climate negotiations in Poland.

In Assisi, Rev. Henrik Grape, coordinator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Working Group on Climate Change will share a reflection on Galatians 3:26-28.

The Assisi event will open an annual global celebration of prayer and action to protect the Earth, the Season of Creation.  The Season of Creation is supported by leaders of the world’s major Christian denominations.  It will be observed with hundreds of hands-on events on six continents.

World Council of Churches,