Christ EcoAction・General Synod Resolutions of the United Church

Christ EcoAction・統一キリスト教会エコアクション

Micah 6:8

In Micah 6:8, the prophet calls us to "walk humbly with our God"; in Matthew 5:6 the Apostle tells us that Jesus proclaims that those who "thirst for righteousness" will be filled, and the author of Job has reminded us in Job 12:7-8 to "speak to the Earth and it shall teach". The stratospheric ozone, our climate, our forests, the whole earth and the people of Bosnia, Somalia, Sudan, and all of God's creatures are now crying out under growing a burden of "Koyaaniskatsi", which means life out of balance in the language of the Hopi people. ... These are the most serious problems facing the world today and they arise from lifestyles of ever expanding consumption and production. These lifestyles create and perpetuate gross inequalities between and within peoples and they exhaust and contaminate the complex and beautiful web of life sustaining systems which our God has created. The compulsions to live such lifestyles arise from deep and abiding spiritual deficits.


Environment, Solid Waste and Ecologically Sound Lifestyle
Urges an ecologically sound lifestyle as a high priority, especially with regard to solid waste; urges UCC to refrain from all use of disposable plastic products and to recycle solid waste whenever possible; calls upon appropriate UCC Instrumentalities to develop educational resources for reducing, reusing or recycling solid waste, and to direct lobbying efforts toward eliminating those competitive attitudes and behaviors that encourage destructive and wasteful lifestyles.

The Domestic Impact of Energy Resource Development

The Domestic Impact of Energy Resource Development
Affirms continuing concern for Christina life style and ecology and a ministry to people affected by energy development; encourages legislation to protect agricultural land from impact of energy development; challenges church and society to deepen sensitivity to environmental and agricultural costs of our present lifestyle.

Christian Life Style and Ecology Report
The limits of energy supplies remind us theologically of our finitude. We are finite creatures standing in a finite physical world before an infinite God. We should also understand the judgment of God on our profligate use of precious resources. In assessing the energy issue we should be guided by certain concerns or values that belong to our faith as Christians: the stewardship of creation, distributive justice, and solidarity in the human community. In the response of faith to the grace of God, we experience both the freedom and the necessity to accept tasks of creativity and responsible dominion which have been entrusted to us. As we proceed with these tasks of caring about and taking care of the whole created order, we need to hold fast and appreciate the resources that the Christian faith provides: a realism about the depth and subtlety of human sin whereby stewardship and dominion are distorted; and a radical goodwill toward all people and the hope that our human efforts are worthwhile because they do tie in with God's "new thing," whereby God gives the Kingdom and offers possibilities for the renewal of life. [Some sort of statement came out of this work, work from the Special Committee on Christian Life Style and Ecology (established from the 10th Synod).]

Christian Environmental Stewardship

Christian Environmental Stewardship
As a covenantal people we understand that we have responsibility as well as privilege. Therefore, to understand the world as God's creation is to understand our responsibility as God's stewards, and our accountability to God as tenants. This means that faithful human action is always aware of the nature of creation seeking to enhance and not to destroy what has been so richly provided. This means that what humankind produces should be in harmony with the laws that govern the natural order. Christ pictures the importance of the faithful steward "whom the master will set over his household to give them their portion of food at the proper time," and also, the punishment for the steward who knows the master's will but does not act accordingly. (Luke 12:41ff)

Concern About the Moral and Ethical Implications of Genetic Engineering


Christian Life Style and Ecology Proposal
As Christians we are called to be responsible custodians of the natural order and prophetic witnesses for social justice. We profess our loyalty to a God of history who is also the Creator of the universe. The biblical image of shalom captures that unity between nature and history. Shalom means wholeness, integrity, social justice and reconciliation. These are the biblical motifs that inform our understanding of Christian life style and ecology.

The current worldwide economic crisis challenges old assumptions about the unity between nature and history and confronts many of us with new life style possibilities. The present economic climate in the United States, characterized by galloping inflation and high unemployment, has caused severe problems for the poor, the aged and the handicapped, and to a lesser but significant degree, the middle class. Furthermore, the economic climate has led to attempts to turn back the clock on environmental quality and occupational health and safety. Internationally, the poorer nations are being crushed by global economic forces. These are the realities that provide the setting for our discussion.

Call to Christian Action in Society
Includes call for conservation and development of the Earth's resources for the benefit of all people now and in the future.