Welcome from the Senior Pastor!

Welcome to OneCUMC’s Ecological Justice Launch.

The United Methodist Social Principles state: “All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect.”

On June 10 and 11, and the following Sundays in June, we will be focusing on this call to action as disciples of Jesus Christ.

I am excited to welcome Rev Dr Terry Gallagher as our guest preacher and luncheon presenter as we take seriously God’s call for bold leadership and advocate for policies rooted in justice and sustainability.

Pastor Grace

Why Should We Care?

Our Methodist Tradition and Witness

John Wesley taught a holistic view of salvation that included the deliverance of the created world in the creation of a new heaven and a new earth.

In the sermon “The New Creation” (#64) Wesley speaks imaginatively about what the new heavens and the new earth will be like, imagining into the scriptural promises of an end to death and suffering (Revelation 21:1-7), and an end to present environmental catastrophes like storms, polluted water, and animal suffering.

Early Methodists worked toward this hoped-for view by addressing environmental concerns, such as open sewers, impure water, unplanned cities, and smoke-filled air.

Wesley’s eschatological vision for the deliverance of all creation led him to respect and care for the created world here and now.

– Taken from “1033. Caring for Creation: A Call to Stewardship and Justice” (Book of Resolutions 2016).
Copyright © 2016, The United Methodist Publishing House, used by permission

What are Some of the Latest Resolutions?

Caring for Creation: A Call to Stewardship and Justice

Our Call to Stewardship and Justice Our covenant with God calls us to steward, protect, and defend God’s creation. The psalmist proclaims, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Ps 24:1) reaffirming our charge to care for creation as a trustee of God’s handiwork (Gen 1:28). We are to delight in and praise God for the abundance and diversity of creation (Ps 148) and honor God’s covenant established with all living creatures (Gen 9:9).

Climate Change and the Church’s Response

The natural world is a loving gift from God, the creator and sustainer, who has entrusted it in all its fullness to the care of all people for God’s glory and to the good of all life on earth now and in generations to come. The image of God in us (Gen 1:27) is reflected in our abilities, responsibilities, and integrity, and with the power of the Holy Spirit we are called as God’s coworkers in dialogue and covenant to live and serve for the good of creation.

Copyright © 2016, The United Methodist Publishing House, used by permission

Terry Gallagher

Rev Dr Terry Gallagher is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Educated originally as an engineer, Terry, following a 30 year career as an industrial manufacturing executive answered the Call to Ministry. He attained a Master of Divinity degree (Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit) and a Doctor of Ministry degree (Chicago Theological Seminary). He served as a local church pastor in Michigan for 7 years. In response to the escalating double edged global crisis of unsustainable economics and ecological destruction, he has focused his ministry efforts in serving the greater society as a Public Theologian. His current ministry is faith based ecological-justice education, advocacy & action. You can find his efforts working towards a just sustainable world on the web, in the church, in community meetings, in legislative offices and on the public square.

His latest work is Sustaining Creation – A Faith Journey for Small Groups. It is available on DVD or at www.sustainingcreation.org. A guide to the series is here.

Special Events

Sat Jun 10
5:00 pm Guest: Rev Dr Terry Gallagher, Facing Our Denial
Sun Jun 11
8:30 am Guest: Rev Dr Terry Gallagher, Facing Our Denial
9:45 am All Church Adult Sunday School: Dr Al Brunsting, How Does Climate Change Actually Work?
11:00 am Guest: Rev Dr Terry Gallagher, Facing Our Denial
12:00 pm Lunch: Rev Dr Terry Gallagher, The Situation We Find Ourselves In
Sat Jun 17
5:00 pm Father’s Day Witnesses
Sun Jun 18
8:30 am Father’s Day Witnesses
9:45 am All Church Adult Sunday School: Greg Hubert, Responding to Our United Methodist Climate Change Resolution
11:00 am Father’s Day Witnesses
Sat Jun 24
5:00 pm Children & Youth Led Worship
Sun Jun 25
8:30 am Children & Youth Led Worship
9:45 am All Church Adult Sunday School: Greg Hubert, Patricia Gruber & Youth Panel: Voices of Our Youth and Children
11:00 am Children & Youth Led Worship