Why We Do What We Do

“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” – Psalm 24

As the people of God, we believe it is our responsibility to be caretakers of the world in which we live. The United Methodist Church offers us guidance through its Social Principles regarding the natural world which begin by echoing the words of the psalmist …

“All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it … God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect.”

from The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church

In particular we are advised to attend to:
• Water, air, soil, minerals, plants
• The utilization of energy resources
• Animal life
• Global climate stewardship
• Space
• Science and technology
• Food safety
As people of faith, the members of the Planet Church committee believe the earth has been entrusted into our care. As can be seen above, many challenges are before us. We offer our congregation education, inspiration and opportunities for action in response to these and other environmental issues.

Join the Conversation

Planet Church meets monthly. Watch for meeting times and updates in the Circuit Rider or online at www.fumcpdx.org. If you have questions or would like to get involved with our committee, you can email us with questions at: planetchurch@fumcpdx.org. In addition, Planet Church is frequently present after Sunday worship in The Commons in Collins Hall.

Planet Church’s annual Earth Care Sunday School classes will be held on April 23, during regular Sunday School time. A series of stations will provide kids with fun-filled explorations into how each of us can take care of this Earth and its inhabitants.

No special arrangements are required. If your child goes to Sunday School on this day, they will get to participate!