Season of Creation, which runs from 1 September 1 to 4 October, is linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity, respectively.
“Season for Creation is an ecumenical movement, started from the recommendation of the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007 and then adopted the following year by the WCC central committee,” explained Pillay, describing the WCC’s role. “We are living in the outbreak of climate crisis and biodiversity extinction which threaten the existential life of the whole creation.”
In his message, Pope Francis urged global ecological conversion and reconciliation with God’s creation in solidarity.
“We are called to love the whole creation, especially the little ones, victims of human ecological sins,” said Pillay. “Together, the Season of Creation invites everyone to join the river of justice and peace, to take up climate and ecological justice, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate injustice and the loss of biodiversity.”
Pillay commended the invitation of Pope Francis to join the river of justice and peace on behalf of all creation. “May the message strengthen the fellowship of Christian churches to strive for unity in caring for creation,” said Pillay. “We are all interdependent in God’s whole creation.”