Anglicans in Costa Rica are being encouraged to live their faith naturally – Vive tu fe naturalmente – in a new campaign designed to encourage environmentally sustainable lifestyles.
The Diocese of Costa Rica, part of the Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America (the Anglican Church in Central America), adopted the campaign at its recent National Convention, the diocese’s first “Green Convention.”
The country’s former environment minister gave a presentation and a symbolic tree was planted in the church garden.
The campaign is a response to resolution 16.08 of last year’s Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, which called on “Anglicans everywhere to join in pastoral, priestly, and prophetic action” in response to the global climate change crisis; and the Fifth Mark of Mission which “calls for reflection on the responsibility that as part of the creation of God we have in the care of it,” the diocese’s Jeroham Melendez said.
As part of the initiative, the diocese is commending for study the statement The World Is Our Host: A Call to Urgent Action for Climate Justice, which was published by 17 Anglican archbishops and bishops in Volmoed, South Africa, in February 2015.
They have also adopted the Season of Creation, which runs from 1 September to 4 October each year.
And they are urging churches and diocesan institutions and programs to adopt a series of responsible practices with the environment. Setting an example, the diocesan office, education and children’s centre have all installed solar panels to provide clean energy.
A special committee has been established to ensure the programme is carried forward. They will provide “intellectual and theological materials” to support local churches and to “engage in communication with other churches of the province and the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN).