The great Washington Christian writer from Sojourners Jm Wallis has a rule of thumb which Catholic churches( and (indeed all churches) need to apply in contemporary church life :
Regarding church meetings—if this meeting is not connected to secular movements outside the church, you are basically wasting your time and gazing at your navel…..
It seems that the United Church here has a deeper sensitivity to the ‘signs of the times” than the Roman church.The irony of course was that the Second Vatican Council was a “signs of the times” council and one of the most insistent signs was the cry of the earth…..We have been very slow in integrating this summons into our church life and our liturgies. It appears that other communions are quicker on the uptake.
Friend Alan Baker a United Church minister apprised me of the United Church’s approach to Earth Day. http://www.united-church.ca/planning/seasons/earth
CHURCH SEASONS AND SPECIAL SUNDAYS
Earth Day is celebrated in communities around the world on April 22 each year. Churches have chosen to mark this time of reflection and action for the care of the environment and the atmosphere by participating in community events and through liturgical celebrations.
New for 2013
• One Earth, One Sea, One Sky [PDF: 1 p/188 KB]
Plan your Earth Day/Sunday service around the theme “One Earth, One, Sea, One Sky” using this bulletin. Includes take action ideas, prayers, and hymn recommendations.
Earth Sunday Worship Service [RTF: 5 pp/73 KB]
This service, created by Bruce Sanguin of Canadian Memorial United Church, Vancouver, follows an ancient liturgical tradition of the four pathways of the heart.
Earth Day Service: Choosing Life for All Earth [RTF: 9 pp/209 KB]
This worship service for Earth Day links the resurrection of creation with the resurrected Christ.
• Hymn: “It Is Good!” by Carol Grolman [PDF: 3 pp/89 KB]
• Hymn: “Give Back to the Earth” by Jack Witmer [PDF: 12 pp/1.3 MB]
First-prize co-winner of the Earth Day Sacred Song contest.
◦ Give Back to the Earth soprano/alto/descant [PDF: 9 pp/424 KB]
• Hymn: “With Respect in Creation” by David Kai [PDF: 4 pp/136 KB]