NH Council of Churches Releases Stewardship of Creation Policy Statement

Leaders of the New Hampshire Council of Churches released Stewardship of Creation, the Council’s pro-climate action policy statement with the full support of all 10 Member-Denominations. Partnering with Climate Action New Hampshire, this important announcement and policy discussion held at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord capped the end of the 11 stop “Stand Up for Climate” New Hampshire tour by the League of Conservation Voters.

“I think the New Hampshire Council of Churches statement on the environment - Stewardship of Creation - captures the awesomeness of God’s world, and commits all of us in member denominations to take actions needed to be good stewards.  In the words of St. Theresa of Avila, ‘we are God’s hand and feet in the world.’” ~ Marti Hunt, representing the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire.

“Christian churches are now waking up to our new call to care for the earth, looking at scripture with new eyes.  God trusted humans to develop a right relationship with the planet.  The Pope reminds us in the Encyclical LAUDATO SI – Care for Our Common Home - of the integrity of Christianity and the importance of earth care.”~ The Rev. Dr. Mary Westfall, Durham Community Church, United Church of Christ.

“The Stewardship of Creation statement empowers the Council of Churches to take action on environmental issues, including action on climate change.  Testimony can provide to our political leaders and say that I not only speak for myself, but for ten denominations in New Hampshire.  It’s as if we are saying “Thus saith the Lord.” (Is.45) We hope that New Hampshire citizens cast votes in the upcoming election that are environmentally sensitive.” ~ The Rev. Richard Slater, Associate Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ.

“The New Hampshire Council of Churches is proud to stand with the League of Conservation Voters as an ally in promoting earth stewardship and action on climate change.  It is critical that we support solutions that significantly reduce carbon pollution on both the state and federal levels.”~ The Rev. Jonathan Hopkins, Pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church and President of the NH Council of Churches.

The League of Conservation Voters is committed to working with the faith community to incorporate a moral dimension to our efforts on improving the health of our planet and reducing the effects of carbon pollution.  The New Hampshire Council of Churches, with faith filled witness and action, mutual respect, and understanding unites for “Prayer, Learning, Justice, Peace and Stewardship of God’s Creation.”  The ten denominations of the council are the American Baptist Churches (VT/NH), the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbytery of Northern New England - Presbyterian Church , the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, the New Hampshire Conference - United Church of Christ, New England Conference - United Methodist Church and the NH/VT District Unitarian-Universalist Societies. More information at http://nhchurches.org.