“We believe in the one God who has created the land and sea and heavens and all that is in them; who established a world that was good; who gives to us the task of watchful, and responsible care over it; who is certainty and truth.” -Moravian Book of Worship
What We Do
The Moravian Task Force on Environmental Stewardship provides educational materials and consultation for congregations, holds an annual Moravian Conference on Environmental Stewardship at Laurel Ridge, and joins in the work of two statewide North Carolina organizations whose mission is to care for creation: The North Carolina Conservation Network and the North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light organization. Over 100 congregations across N.C. work with NCIPL.
This task force views environmental stewardship as an issue of faith and our work as both an important mission of the Moravian church and an outreach opportunity. We look to the 2010 Synod and it’s statement that “We will claim and affirm our stewardship or creation and all God has given us as an essential part of our discipleship with Jesus Christ” as well as established statements and liturgies of the Moravian church as guideposts in our work.
The goal of the Environmental Stewardship conferences is to bring together Moravians from across many congregations who share a passion and desire to grow intentional environmental stewardship ministry in the local church and share ideas and resources that will enhance and empower this important work. A cornerstone of the conference is a theological look at the issue of environmental stewardship with an emphasis on Moravian beliefs on the issue.
The 5th Annual Moravian Environmental Stewardship Conference is scheduled for the weekend of April 25-27th, 2014 at Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center. The theme for this year’s conference is water, a topic of increased conversation in our communities. Cost is $95. Click here for more information and registration.
- Follow the work of the Moravian Environmental Stewardship Task Force by “liking” them on Facebook.
- Read an overview of the 2012 conference from the Moravian Magazine.
- Read excerpts about Moravians’ beliefs on caring for creation, including the Covenant for Christian Living.
Growing from the former Church and Society Commission, the Task Force on Environmental Stewardship has now programmed three conferences at Laurel Ridge, one conference in Winston-Salem, and a screening of the documentary film Green Fire in partnership with Salem College in Winston-Salem.
Task Force Members
Charlotte Disher (Home), Henry Fansler (Unity), Greg Keener-Chair (Fries), Ron Linville (Union Cross), Rev. Lisa Mullin (Konnoak Hills), Rev. Rick Sides (Home)
“We view all of life as a sacred responsibility to be used wisely.”