Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland


environment and
climate change

time for creation


In 1989 the Ecumenical Patriarch suggested that 1 September, the first day of the Orthodox Church's year, should be observed as a day "of protection of the natural environment". Ten years later the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) widened this proposal, urging churches to adopt a Time for Creation stretching from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October and this was endorsed by the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania in 2007, which recommended that the period "be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change".

Creation Time 2013

Since 2008 CTBI has compiled a programme of resources to encourage and assist churches to observe Creation Time and has done so again this year.

The theme for 2013 is Water Justice, corresponding with the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation link to external website. Resources are now available to download, including an order of service, sermon notes, water facts sheet and a 'virtual water cube'.

Resources for previous years are all also available:

More Creation Time resources are also available at:

river view with hill in background
Creation Time 2013 resources
Creation Time 2013 Details of our resources on water justice including sermon notes, order of service, awareness-raising activity and fact sheet
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Dispossession Project
Dispossession Project Try this interactive pilgrimage exploring the relationship between God's mission and our own social responsibilities to others and the whole of creation.
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