“God’s creation is in crisis and we cannot remain silent while God’s people and God’s planet suffer,” the Bishops of The United Methodist Church have said in a pastoral letter called “God’s Renewal Creation: A Call to Hope and Action.” The Bishops further said that “we cannot help the world until we change our way of being in it.” A “Foundation Document” was also issued with the Pastoral Letter.
The Bishops are suggesting that the “Pastoral Letter” or the “Pastoral in Liturgical Setting” could be read during a service of worship or a large gathering.
Another suggestion is to use the six session study guides prepared for group leaders of adults and young people and for three sessions for teachers of children. Possibly using these studies during Lent would be appropriate but another time may also be appropriate. The study guides are available from Cokesbury.
The “Pastoral Letter,” “Pastoral Letter in Liturgical Setting,” and “Foundation Document” can be downloaded at the Bishop’s Office page (most documents are available in English, Spanish, and Korean).