A Home for All – Renewing the Oikos of God
The Pacific Conference of Churches has invited members to celebrate the Season of Creation (1 Sept to 4 Oct 2021) by reflecting on our place in the oikos (home/household) of God and what it means to renew our relationship to a creation under threat.
The oikos is a home for all but it is now in danger because of greed, exploitation, disrespect, disconnection and systematic degradation. The whole creation is still crying out. Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution the geography where we recognize God’s creative power has continued to shrink. Today only scraps of the human consciousness recognize God acting to restore and heal the Earth. We have forgotten that we live in the household of God, the oikos, the Beloved Community. Our fundamental interconnectedness has been at best forgotten, at worst deliberately denied.
It is our hope and prayer that we can become again this beloved community of intentional discipleship. We hope to move beyond the programmatic and didactic aspects of life to the prophetic and spiritual life to the action and way of life, which is shaped by Jesus.
May we be the champions to renew life, the servant leaders of all life in the Beloved Community, the oikos of God.
(Taken from the introduction to the Celebration Guide)
The PCC’s Ecological Stewardship and Climate Justice team has provided a liturgy, activities and Sunday School Bible Studies to guide congregations through the season:
- Celebration Guide (for congregations and fellowships)
- Bible Studies and Materials for Sunday Schools
- The Creation Story (PowerPoint)
We encourage you to use the resources and journey with our Pacific friends and partners through the Season of Creation.
Thank you to the Pacific Conference of Churches and the Ecological Stewardship and Climate Justice team for sharing these valuable resources.
Header photo: A sunset in the Solomon Islands by Alexander Baker