January News

While creation justice work has been underway in The United Methodist Church for many years, it was just three years ago in January 2020 that the UM Creation Justice Movement was officially launched to “connect and support groups within The United Methodist Church and beyond for the work of creation care, justice, and regeneration.” 

Over this time, as many individuals have accepted their call to creation justice work and local churches and annual conferences have started or revived teams, the Creation Justice Movement has created virtual and in-person spaces and communication networks for those individuals and teams to connect with one another and with the resources of our boards and agencies. Work teams have offered opportunities for advocacy, organizing, education, and connection. Most importantly the Movement has created a place for us to ask and answer the question: What more might we do together? 

In this January 2023 newsletter, we invited leaders from across the Movement to reflect on how we have answered that question this past year and what is on the horizon for the coming year. We hope you’ll find inspiration to explore your own answer to the pressing question: What more might you do to further the work of creation care, justice, and regeneration through and beyond The United Methodist Church in the coming year? 

For companionship and support for the journey, we invite you to join one of the many work teams and the UMCJ Movement Café, which is launching on January 18, 2023. We look forward to hearing from you in 2023!


Cathy Velasquez Eberhart
UM EarthKeeper
UM Creation Justice Movement Coordinator

Action Alerts
Tell the EPA to Protect Our Health
and Climate Now

President Biden and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just took a critical step towards cutting methane and other harmful pollutants from the oil and gas industry. However, more work must be done to ensure that we are confronting the climate crisis head-on and protecting the health and safety of communities across the country.

That's why you need to let the EPA know cutting methane is important to you—submit a public comment at the link below!

Submit a Public Comment
Upcoming Events
Visit our Facebook Group, Instagram page, and the Global Ministries Creation Care Network for upcoming events (and to share your own) 
UMCJ Movement Café Launch

January 18th 2023, 1pm ET

Join us for the launch of the UMCJ Movement Café to learn more about the Creation Justice Movement and share your Creation Justice hopes and plans for the coming year (continuing monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.)



Creating Earth Day Worship Resources
January 4th 2023

The UMCJM Worship Working Group will be meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 from 3–5pm PT |  4–6pm MT | 5–7pm CT | 6–8pm ET. This will be a longer meeting in order to begin planning worship resources for Earth Day 2023. If you are interested in joining the Worship Work Team and/or helping with the Earth Day Worship project contact Kristina Sinks at for more details.

Featured Stories
Circle Up for 2023!
By Rev. Richenda Fairhurst

We are all busy. And rotating. All the time. Stopping to take a breath is harder than it seems. Yet at the turning of the year, I want to invite us to “circle up” for a little reflection.

Updates from Our Work Teams
Communications Team Update
Advocacy Team Update
Annual Conference Organizing Team Update
Climate Finance Team Update
Updates from Boards and Agencies

United Women in Faith Update

New Edition of
Loving People and Planet in the Name of God
Coming Soon
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
LEAD Hub Update
Global Ministries
Environmental Sustainability Program Update
News and Updates from other United Methodist boards and agencies including the interagency commitment to just and equitable net-zero emissions 
can be found here.
Worship Resources
Creation Justice Tips
Imagine a Better World

We may be in darkness now—
but with light just around the corner, we can keep moving toward it.
Our Creator God has already supplied the Light.
Imagination has the power to draw us forward to
a restored and just world.
Imagine that!
Share these Tips with your family, friends, and congregation. Choose any or all. Forward them to someone you care about. Cut-and-paste to put them with your email signature, in your letters and emails, worship bulletins, newsletters, social media, or website.

January Tips!

Sample Tip

“I have a dream… .” Martin Luther King cast his vision for all to see and aspire to. He also worked to bring it about. What is your dream for creation? for justice? How will you work to bring about a healthy, equitable, and inclusive future for all of God’s kin-dom? Read God’s vision: Isaiah 65:17-25.
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