“Making Creation Visible in Liturgy”

Provincial Standing Committee has requested the body which is revising the Prayer Book and drawing up new and revised liturgies for worship to give new emphasis to the environment.

The following resolution was proposed by the church’s environmental coordinator, Canon Rachel Mash, seconded by Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya of Swaziland, and adopted by PSC:

Making Creation Visible in Liturgy

This PSC, noting:

• The excellent work being done by the Prayer Book Revision Committee in addressing “anthropocentrism, patriarchy and dualism” in the revisions, and
• The Fifth Mark of Anglican Mission that strives to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth;

Requests PSC to request the Liturgical Committee to:

• Include in the penitential rites, the confession of actions that destroy the natural environment, and include prayers for the whole household of life,
• Promote the occasional holding of services outdoors, in natural settings;
• Incorporate the fifth mark of mission in the baptismal vows;
• Incorporate the fifth mark of mission in the service of installation of clergy and bishops;
• Make available on the internet additional liturgies and the new Prayer Book in order to limit the excessive use of paper;
• Encourage churches to reduce their use of paper.

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