BISHOP DAVID RICE
CREATION CARE MINISTRY
The Beginning of a Commission
One of the things we didn’t anticipate was the extraordinary response during the season of Lent in 2019 concerning the Creation Care pledge. Every clergy person, Deacon, Priest and Bishop, made said pledge. Additionally, a significant number of you, our San Joaquin faithful, also made the pledge. This pledge making led to a significant number of conversations throughout the diocese, and we believe, prompted us to contemplate and consider the urgency of caring for our creation, and specific ways we, individually and collectively, can make a difference.
In some of our communities we have reduced the use of single use bottles; in other communities, we have completely negated the use of single use bottled water. We have installed energy efficient lighting, or solar panels. And we are considering strategies to drive less, and other ways we can reduce our carbon footprint.
In this context, the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin is endeavoring to go deeper. We are implementing a Creation Care Commission to inspire and support us living into chapter two of our creation care lives. I have asked The Rev. Terrance Goodpasture, Deacon to serve as Creation Care coordinator for the diocese. He has accepted this assignment, and thus co-authors this correspondence with me.
The Commission will be Diocesan appointed in efforts to support Creation Care strategies across the Diocese. In order to ensure that congregations are resourced to do this ministry Diocesan Commision members will work in conjunction with local advocate/animators. In short order, Deacon Terrance will be reaching out to you, as leaders in your faith communities, to discuss local discernment and road mapping. We will be supplying a template for local discernment for your endeavor to select advocate/animators from your local community who will be supported by the Commission. We will invite you to discern who might serve locally as your faith community’s Creation Care advocate/animator.