In 2014 we became a Green Chalice Congregation. We are 1 of 7 certified green chalice congregations out of the 60+ green chalice congregations across North America We wish to live out our faith by caring for creation. The Green Chalice program recognizes Disciples of Christ congregations for being good stewards of the earth. It also empowers us with ideas and resources to enable us to walk gently on God’s creation.
Click here to learn more about the history of eco-justice in the Disciples of Christ church.
In June of 2014, Midway Hills Christian Church became the sixth church in the state of Texas to affirm the Alverna Covenant. Alverna is named for Mt. Alverna in Italy, the mountain retreat given to Francis of Assisi. Francis is honored for his concern for the care of and relatedness of all creation.
The Alverna Covenant
God has created the world with finite resources;
God has given to us the stewardship of the earth;
God has established order through many natural cycles.
And it is evident that:
We are consuming resources at a rate that cannot be maintained;
We are interrupting many natural cycles;
We are irresponsibly modifying the environment through consumption and pollution;
We are populating the earth at a rate that cannot be maintained.
As a member of the human family and a follower of Jesus Christ, I hereby covenant that:
I will change my lifestyle to reduce my contribution to pollution;
I will support recycling efforts;
I will search for sustainable lifestyles;
I will work for public policies which lead to a just and sustainable society;
I will share these concerns with others and urge them to make this covenant.
Verses – What the Bible Tells Us:
- Isaiah 45:5-7 I am the LORD, and there is no other; besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me, so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the LORD do all these things.
- Psalm 19:1-6 To the leader. A Psalm of David. The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hidden from its heat.
- Genesis 1:31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
- Job 38 & 39, specifically Job 38:19-30 ‘Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness, that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home? Surely you know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great! ‘Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war? What is the way to the place where the light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth? ‘Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain, and a way for the thunderbolt,to bring rain on a land where no one lives, on the desert, which is empty of human life, to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground put forth grass? ‘Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew? From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the hoar-frost of heaven? The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
Readings – Green Chalice and Eco-Justice: