Means of Grace: Good Stewards of God's Creation
Good Stewards of God's Creation - Episode No. 20
Genesis 1: 26 - Then God said, “Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth.”
In this episode of The Means of Grace Podcast, Kim and Jesse talk with three Western North Carolina Conference Earth Keepers about their passion for the stewardship of God’s creation. Jonathan Brake, pastor of Woodmont UMC in Reidsville; Bill Garrard, retired UM clergy, and Kim Richmond; a member at Maple Springs UMC in Winston-Salem, share with us their journeys in which they have embraced the work of creation care. They share ideas for individuals, families, churches, and communities through which we can “care” for the resources in which God has entrusted us.
Show Notes - Episode 20
United Methodist Social Principles: https://www.cokesbury.com/Social-Principles-of-The-United-Methodist-Church-2017-2020-1
United Methodist Creation Justice: https://umcreationjustice.org/What United Methodists Believe about Creation Care: https://www.umc.org/en/what-we-believe/umc-topics/social-issues/creation-care
The General Board of Church and Society offers resources about clean water, climate justice, food justice, sustainability and more: https://www.umcjustice.org/what-we-care-about/environmental-justice
United Methodist Women resources: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/sustainability
Ideas for a local church: https://www.wnccumc.org/longstanding-commitment-to-the-environment-bears-great-fruit-for-centenary-umc
Faith-Based Organizations related to the care of creationInterfaith Power and Light: www.Interfaithpowerandlight.org
Creation Care Alliance of WNC: www.creationcarealliance.orgBlessedEarth:www.blessedearth.org
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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