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VAUMC Creation Justice Movement


What is the VAUMC Creation Justice Movement?

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 God has so lovingly created.

Advocating – We will work to engage the Conference about crucial 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

Become a Green Church with the Green Church Initiative and the Green Church Covenant

About the Green Church Initiative

The categories chosen for this Green Church Initiative (GCI) represent a congregation’s entire life and ministry. As a Green Church, we understand that all ministry is connected to the just stewardship of and relationship with God’s creation. We 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.

Green Church Award Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2024 Annual Conference 

The Green Church Award and Sustaining Green Church Awards are our opportunity to recognize congregations who have made a covenant for Creation Justice and our living that out in their church life and ministry. We will accept nominations and be glad to recognize those congregations that have signed onto the Green Church Initiative, the Green Church Covenant, and other Earth Ministry-Green Team programs such as Interfaith Power and Lights Cool Congregations. 

Please apply now for the  2024 Green Church and Sustaining Green Church Awards
Applications that are due by April 15th, 2024

2024 Green Church Award application form
2024 Sustaining Green Church Award application form

Climate Just Congregations – Cool Green Churches Working for Climate and Energy Justice

Join the VAUMC Creation Justice Movement in our efforts to support the Virginia Annual Conference commitment to Net-Zero emissions by 2050, to become energy efficient, and to work towards climate justice by becoming a Climate Just Congregation! The resources on the energy justice page will empower your congregations to advocate for clean, efficient, affordable, and just energy for all!  Click here for more information:
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