In 1990, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) adopted the report “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice,” which called Presbyterians to recognize the urgent need for addressing the environmental justice crisis that we face, and to adopt Restoring Creation as a new priority of mission of the church. Presbyterians for Restoring Creation is a national organization formed to help Presbyterians and their congregations respond to that call.
We believe that God loves all creation, and that the covenant given by God is for all creatures and their descendants. We believe that we are called to repentance for our irresponsibility in tilling the earth without sustaining the earth, for our destruction of the beauties and bounties of God’s creation, and for our failure to recognize that justice and love belong to all beings, that injustice toward one is linked to injustice toward another (Romans 8:19-23).
We believe that we are living in a kairos time—a time of great opportunity and a time of great need—and that we can respond with hope and rejoicing to the challenge before us, to help ourselves and humanity make necessary lifestyle and attitude changes that promote earth-keeping, justice, and community. We believe that we must begin to practice radical discipleship to follow Christ without compromise in the struggle before us and that we can do that best with fellowship and support for one another.
We accept, in our work for ecology and justice, the ethical norms of equity, sustainability, frugality and community. “Equity” means justice in the sharing of the world’s resources; “sustainability” means living within the bounds of the regenerative, absorptive, and carrying capacity of the creation. “Frugality” means thrift and moderation, so that all may participate in sufficiency, “community” means enjoyment and fulfillment through loving, mutual supportive relationships, and dedication to the common good.