Get outside (Jason John)

a liturgy for gathering outside, online

Humans as Lord (Genesis 1), Servant (Genesis 2), Neighbour, and Family Member (maybe a prodigal) [7 mins]

Humorous Poem on politics, faith and climate change.  A call to action [3mins]

A reflection on ethical eating and faith.  Considers vegetarianism, and eating animals that lived good lives [8 mins]

Click anywhere on this box to download the pdf of the “worship in a box” resource, which will let you jump straight into an online worship gathering, using Jason’s video as the reflection.

Who has had enough of being stuck inside looking at screens?

This is an outdoor liturgy, really more a guide to group contemplation and sharing, based on early gatherings of the Adelaide ecofaith communty.

Any short video would go well with the liturgy, a few options by Jason are shown on the sidepanel.

Fifteen years ago Jason started a worshipping community in Adelaide which met outside each week, to see how meeting out in creation, out amongst all of life, could enhance our relationship with the God of all Life.

The original six-week series, open to all, became a regular gathering of mostly Christians, most of them ex church attenders. 

The liturgy was kept relatively open, so that in the individual prayers and reflection, and in the sharing times people could share their own faith journey or insights, and encourage each other in theirs.  It was also intended to give space for God to speak directly to people through all the living things around them, which live and breathe and have their being in God.  The strong focus on what the story of evolution had to say to the church gave way over time to a more general connection with creation.  http://ecofaith.org/oldsite/ecofaithcommunity

This is an adaptation for online use, of the original six-week liturgy, which itself constantly evolved in response to the needs of the group and the wider context.

Ideally you want people to take their phones or laptops outside.  If that isn’t possible, there is a ten minute section where people go outside, or look out a window before regathering.

There are no responsive sections, just a time for sharing, so one person can print the liturgy and guide the others.

Of course, adapt it freely.

Click anywhere on this box to download the pdf of the “worship in a box” resource, which will let you jump straight into an online worship gathering, using Jason’s video as the reflection.

World Environment Day Resources

World Environment Day is a United Nations event that reminds us to take action to conserve and protect our natural environment.

World Environment Day celebrates its 20th anniversary on 5th of June 2020.

Churches often celebrate World Environment Day on one of the closest Sundays, for example, Sunday 7th of June 2020. 

This year, Uniting Earth is encouraging churches to remember the devastating bushfires earlier this year, to pray for those impacted by the fires and to take action climate change, the impacts of which made these fires so unprecedented.

To help you celebrate in worship, here are some resources: 

* Trigger warning: powerful bushfire images* 

Videos from Doctors for the Environment Australia

https://youtu.be/cM47LFBFjqI

https://youtu.be/LhM2Hq5Mk1o

More Bushfire Prayers and Info

https://www.unitingearth.org.au/bushfire-resources/

Learn more about our climate campaign and how to help

https://www.unitingearth.org.au/at-your-fingertips/

Simple Climate Change Worship

A simple liturgy on the theme of climate change to use anytime.