Care of Creation Sunday September 1 marks the official World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation The genesis of this day started with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church in 1989 when he designated Sept. 1 for the Orthodox community to honor the sacredness of all of creation. In 2015 the theme was embraced by Pope Francis. He designated that the Catholic Church would also honor Sept. 1 as a Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This special day was later supported by Creation Justice Ministries and the National Council of Churches U.S.A. who appealed for recognition of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in churches across the country. Grace celebrated World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Sunday, September 5 with a brief prayer reading after church. The theme for the prayer reading was “Abraham’s Tent.” Just as Abraham and Sarah engaged in a gesture of radical hospitality by offering their home to strangers, we embrace the tent as a symbol of our ecumenical call to practice creation care and offer radical hospitality for all of creation, human and non-human alike. As prayers were read, parishioners placed symbolic gifts inside Abraham’s tent set up in the church courtyard.