The Heartland Conference Environmental Care and Justice Network needs your input. We are in the process of connecting folks from across the life of the Heartland Conference who are interested in the urgent calling of Environmental Care and Justice. We want to know who is involved in this work already and who might want to get involved, if only they had support.Thanks for filling out this survey so we can better connect, equip, and support each other for this important ministry calling. Interested in joining the Environmental Care and Justice Network? Contact Hank Stonerook at
Click Here for the Survey!

The United Church of Christ describes creation justice as “a process of discernment on how to best care for God’s creation.”

As the problem of human-driven climate change continues to worsen, so does the suffering of many people throughout the world. Ugandan Farmers threatened with starvation need more rain for their crops. Millions in Pakistan are left homeless from flooding. Sea level rise and saltwater incursion threatens low-lying, coastal areas. 

Environmental degradation comes not only in the form of global warming but in changing evaporation and rainfall cycles, ocean acidification, habitat loss, species extinction and chemical and atmospheric pollution.

Environmental Care and Justice seeks to connect these human problems to human causes, to recognize that they threaten not only people but other animals, plants and fungi and to work towards building the  peaceful, equitable and abundant world that God intended for all Creation.

Ideas to Engage:

  • Environmental themes in sermons
  • Pollinator gardens 
  • Energy audits and energy efficiency
  • Zero waste initiatives 
  • Community outreach
  • Letters to elected representatives (lobbying)
  • Writing op-ed pieces and letters to newspaper editors
  • Community clean-up days
  • Sustainable lawn care
  • Improving sustainability in transportation practice

… and more!

UCC’s Heartland Conference Environmental Care and Justice Network seeks to:

Inspire others to learn, to understand and to discern God’s call to appreciate and care for our shared Creation Commons, and to respond to this call by working through local congregations and communities to raise awareness, learn to live sustainably and teach our children well;

Connect persons, groups and organizations with CCN and with each other in order to build a cohesive, focused and influential network of individuals dedicated to building a peaceful, equitable and abundant world that God intended for all creation;  

Equip others with the information, tools and skills needed to take effective action and drive positive change, and;

Support those efforts with programs, educational opportunities and workshops on an ongoing basis.

Get Connected! Interested in learning more about the Heartland Conference Environmental Care and Justice Network?  The Environmental Care and Justice Network typically meets monthly via zoom. 
Contact Hank Stonerook at 
Click Here for the Environmental Care and Justice Network Workshop Slides from the 2022 Annual Gathering