Commission on Creation Care

The Commission on Creation Care (CCC) engages the Diocese of California in the work of restoring its relationship with “this fragile earth, our island home” and the rest of life that inhabits it. The immediate concern is climate change and the moral responsibility of the church in addressing environmental degradation. We strive for a deeper understanding of the spiritual dimensions of ecological problems, and we work to enable Episcopal congregations to become centers of ecological understanding, action, and healing. The commission offers itself as a resource to congregations, deaneries, and all in our diocese working towards restoring our relationship with God’s Creation.


Season of Creation

The Season of Creation, September 1st through October 4th, is celebrated by Christians around the world as a time for renewing, repairing and restoring our relationship to God, one another, and all of creation. The Episcopal Church joins this international effort for prayer and action for climate justice and an end to environmental racism and ecological destruction. This year’s theme is Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope. In celebrating the Season, we are invited to consider anew our ecological, economic, and political ways of living.

Season of Creation Website:

The Episcopal Church Season of Creation Resources:

Liturgical Materials for Honoring God in Creation:

Season of Creation Weekly Devotional: For the Season of Creation 2020, leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church in Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada collaborated on a set of beautiful weekly devotionals. In Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s words, “Liberating, life-giving God, help us to know that we and the world you have created are truly the work of your hands. Give us knowledge and wisdom to care for your handiwork now and for future generations. Amen.” Also available as double spread pages here.

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Quick Links:  Frequently Visited Sites

  • — The Episcopal landing page for the carbon tracker, Sustain Island Home. This is where to set up an account, log back in to an existing account, or see how much progress Episcopalians have made to reduce our collective carbon footprint.
  • — The “go-to” page for use of the carbon tracker, with presentation materials, how-to videos, etc.
  • — The main resource page of the wider Episcopal Church.  Contains a video of Presiding Bishop Curry on creation care, lists of programs and organizations, and grant opportunities.
  • — An excellent source of other resources on many of the topical areas below.

Congregations Making a Difference

Worship Resources

  • — Information about current events relating to public awareness of climate change, bulletin inserts, climate change as a justice issue.
  • — Tips on how to incorporate creation care themes into worship, from a Christian eco-spirituality perspective.
  • — A rich collection of articles, links, news and events created by the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology.
  • — Information on a ministry in the Bay Area with chapters nationally which "seeks God in nature by celebrating Eucharist one footstep at a time."
  • — Season of Creation (Sept 1 to Oct 4) liturgical and formation resources. The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions. Leaders of faith traditions, including Bishop Marc Andrus who is part of the Season of Creation Advisory Committee, encourage the faithful to participate through events, service, and worship.
  • Prayer cards  —  Prayer cards for spiritual practice

Theology of Creation Care

Congregational Resources

Resources for Congregational Support of 2019 Diocesan Resolutions

Carbon Offsets

  • United Airlines partners with Conservation International, a nonprofit focused on protecting forests and oceans while ensuring economic stability for indigenous peoples, to market carbon offsets to the flying public.
  • Delta Airlines offsets support forestry conservation and restoration while empowering local communities to transition into sustainable livelihoods.  Both United and Delta figure flight-specific offsets (miles flown does not translate exactly to pounds of CO2 produced; there are other variables) and both airlines offer offsets whether or not you are flying with them.
  • The Good Traveler — A simple, straightforward site; nonprofit; easy to use.
  • Terrapass is similar to Sustain Island Home in terms of letting you evaluate your entire carbon footprint, but it does not incorporate regional variation as our endorsed carbon calculator does, and there are several areas it does not evaluate. But Terrapass is a good resource for offsetting air travel, automobile travel, etc.
  • Cool Effect offers a range of project types, including those mostly likely to reliably reduce emissions over the long run.

Vendors of Alternatives to Single Use Plastic Products

Educational Resources

Advocacy Resources

  • — A description of The Episcopal Church’s Vision for Creation Care, with descriptions of the environmental resolutions passed at the 79th General Convention.
  • — Advocacy resources from the Office of Government Relations of The Episcopal Church.
  • — We Are Still In is a partnership of over 3500 states, cities, corporations, faith organizations, and tribes, organizing to ensure that the United States stands by its commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • — Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-partisan, grassroots lobbying organization advocating for legislative solutions to the climate crisis.
  • — The League of Conservation Voters is an advocacy organization which organizes actions and lobbying efforts, and maintains a scorecard of Congressional voting records on the environment.
  • — is an international organization focusing on community-based clean energy deployment, cessation of new fossil fuel developments through community resistance, and divestment.
  • — The Union of Concerned Scientists combines rigorous science, technical assessment, and advocacy to find an implement solutions to protect the planet.