Creation Season 2006
Proclamation of Bishop James Jelinek
Date: June 8, 2006
To: Clergy and Congregations
of the Diocese of Minnesota
From: The Rt. Rev. James Jelinek
Regarding: Creation Celebration
In accordance with the resolution
passed by the 148th Convention of the Diocese of Minnesota, I
hereby declare the period from October 1 through November 5, 2006
to be a "Period of Celebration of Creation."
I am convinced that creation care
is one of the most critical issues facing humanity at this time.
We must learn to honor and steward the natural world. Otherwise
all will suffer, and the poor will suffer most.
I ask each worshipping community
in the diocese to give special attention during that time to God's
gifts in creation and our responsibility of care for them. Please
highlight creation care in liturgy, preaching and education.
It is our joy to celebrate the beauty
and fecundity of nature, through which God sustains all life on
The Minnesota Environmental Stewardship
Commission (MEESC) has prepared outlines for liturgies, adult
education, and children's education programs for each of the Sundays
from October 1 through November 5, 2006. You can access the outlines
These outlines are intended as resources.
You are, of course, welcome to plan your own liturgies and education
programs on the creation theme if you wish. MEESC invites you
to share whatever prayers or learning opportunities you do develop
with the rest of the diocese by sending to The
Rev. Tom Harries for posting on the MEESC website.
Please join this diocesan wide celebration
of God's glorious Creation.