The Virginia Conference UMC Creation Justice Movement’s mission is to participate with the Spirit of God in connecting and supporting groups within The United Methodist Church and beyond for the work of creation, care, justice, and regeneration.
Currently, the VAUMC CJM is working to build a fellowship of Methodists in Virginia to be advocates for Creation Justice by:
Educating – Engage congregations and promote the VAUMC Green Church Initiative (GCI). The CJM team is reaching out to individuals and congregations to adopt the GCI as a part of the Biblical mandate to care for and be good stewards of all that God has so lovingly created.
Advocating – We will work to engage the Conference about important environmental justice issues facing our communities and the state of Virginia and through partnerships with the Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.
2021 Green Church Award Recipient – Monumental, Portsmouth
The Green Church Initiative
The categories chosen for this Green Church Initiative (GCI) are representative of the entire life and ministry of a congregation. As a Green Church, we understand that all ministry is connected to the just stewardship of and relationship with God’s creation and recognize that creation care is central to Christian Discipleship and the church’s life. We recognize connections with the inclusion of Worship, Discipleship, Stewardship, Evangelism, and Mission ministry areas in the Green Church Initiative.