Steward of God's Creation Award

The Steward of God?s Creation award is bestowed to those individuals who exhibit courage and commitment in the caring and keeping of the earth in a heroic, distinguished and effective manner. Awardees are determined by a vote of religious leaders and bestowed at a public event, normally the National Prayer Breakfast for Creation Care, which is sponsored annually by a coalition of religious organizations and affiliates.


HAH Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Istanbul, Turkey

PatriarchBartholomew His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew serves as the Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch and the first among equals of the fourteen churches that make up the Eastern Orthodox Church. He is the spiritual leader of 350 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, the 270th successor of Saint Andrew the Apostle, and is commonly called “the Green Patriarch” for his ecological work.
    During his award ceremony, Baptist minister Rev. Tom Carr said, “For almost three decades, yours has been an unwavering voice calling us to open our eyes, particularly the eyes of our hearts, to the fate of Earth and all her creatures.... Your words and actions have been a message of Love... and a call to action to Christians and people of all religious traditions.... You have repeatedly reminded us of “the Christocentric reality of the cosmos and nature.”  As a Christian, your words make my heart sing for they mean that because of the sacred nature of all life, to care for people and all life is primarily a spiritual and moral task.
    Psychiatrist Lise Van Susteren MD added, “We are deeply grateful for the vision which you have given us and the insights on how to address the problems of the natural world. Because of the power and force for goodness which you represent, we are kept working when we might otherwise become tired and despondent over so many challenges and assaults on our world. Your efforts to uplift the natural world are an inspiration to all of us, and help us carry on our efforts for the protection of the environment.
    Carlos Agnesi, from Guadalajara, Mexico, is from the Catholic Church and is the past president of Mexico’s Interreligious Council. His message arrived by email. “Thank you very much, Your All-Holiness, for the wonderful work you have done on behalf of all humanity and for your vision of divine order within our world, to redirect our awareness toward an ascetic way of life and an inner transformation towards God, following the example of Christ’s transfiguration.”
    Dr. Thomas English, from the Presbyterian Church USA, emphasized that your All-Holiness has pointed out that: “How we treat the earth and all of creation defines the relationship that each of us has with God.”
    As you have stated “For humans to cause species to become extinct and to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation… for humans to degrade the integrity of Earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the Earth of its forests, or destroying its wet lands… for humans to contaminate the Earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life with poisonous substances… these are sins against God.”     As a gesture of our appreciation for your many decades of guidance, the National Religious Coalition for Creation Care is privileged to present you with the 2015 “Steward of God’s Creation Award.”




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