Who We Are
We are a group of Christians at Brentwood United Methodist Church who believe that all creation is sacred and that as Christians we are called to be stewards of and to take actions to restore God’s creation. We are concerned that humankind often uses the earth’s air, water, and land in destructive ways, and those actions – while harmful to all – have a disproportionate impact on those who did the least to harm God’s creation and who are least able to adapt to a changing environment. We observe results of humanity’s failure to be good stewards including localized pollution and a warming climate.
Through the creation care ministry, we hope to create awareness and enhance the desire to be better stewards of God’s creation. We believe that as Christians we are called to help mitigate the impacts of poor stewardship including climate change and that together, we can make a difference.
Our Baptismal Vow
When we are baptized into Christian community, we promise to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. As the body of Christ, we believe that God created and is creating, and that we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse God’s creation.
As noted in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (2016); Social Principles; The Natural World: “God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect. … Therefore, let us recognize the responsibility of the church and its members to place a high priority on changes in economic, political, social, and technological lifestyles to support a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world leading to a higher quality of life for all of God’s creation.” The 2009 Pastoral Letter titled "God's Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action” from the Council of Bishops of The United Methodists includes that "[w]e must begin the work of renewing creation by being renewed in our own hearts and minds. We cannot help the world until we change our way of being in it.” To read the full vow, click the button below.
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Blessing of the Animals
Animals are integral to God’s creation, and pets are often important parts of our lives. One Sunday afternoon in October we thank God for animals and the blessings pets provide us and bless them.
Plant a Bigger Tree in Tennessee
How Else Does BUMC Participate in Creation Care?
ThriftSmart Donation Bin
There is a ThriftSmart donation bin on the BUMC campus for year-round donations of gently-used items. The bin is located near the Buchanan House on the south side of our campus. As a GiveSmart member, BUMC earns $1 in ThriftSmart gift cards for every 10 pounds of donated goods. We are able to distribute these gift cards through our Benevolence Ministry and our other ministry partners.
Computer-controlled HVAC system
Our computer-controlled HVAC system allows heating and cooling of only areas of the building that are going to be used, thereby reducing both BUMC energy needs and expenditures for heating and cooling.
Since 2023, we have replaced around 80% of fluorescent and incandescent lighting with LED lighting on our campus.
We recycle paper and cardboard on our campus with designated recycling bins around the building.
Since 2021, we are in the process of replacing our current water fountains with fountains that have bottle-filling stations. We are doing this as the current water fountains come to the end of their lifespan.
Recycling at Church Events
The Creation Care Ministry volunteers to provide recycling services at church-wide events like Harvest Jamboree to ensure plastic waste is properly recycled.
The Wesleyan Quadrilateral (with Scripture as the primary authority and tradition, reason, and experience illuminating it) provides tools for United Methodist to discern faithful responses and direction in a complex world.
Scripture and Tradition
The United Methodist Church Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Book of Discipline
The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society
The United Methodist Church Book of Resolutions
United Women in Faith
Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action edited by Pat Watkins
© 2016 United Methodist Women
The United Methodist Creation Justice Movement
The United Methodist Creation Justice Movement sends out monthly newsletters and creation justice tips for churches to share with their congregations.
The United Methodist Creation Justice Movement Cafe is a once-a-month Wednesday meeting that is an opportunity to listen, learn, and share joys, successes, questions, concerns, and possibilities. The focus of the informal virtual space is creation care and justice issues.
Creation Care Ministry of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
As a conference ministry of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Creation Care Ministry serves as a catalyst for care of God’s creation and commitment to its related justice work, which includes environmental justice, climate justice, creation justice and racial justice.*
Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (2009) By Ellen F. Davis
The Meaning of Dominion by Ellen F. Davis (Professor, Duke Divinity School)
Reason and Experience
Global Weirding with Katherine Hayhoe
- The Bible doesn’t talk about climate change, right? (5 minutes, 51 seconds)
- Religion has nothing to say about climate change, right? (6 minutes, 31 seconds)
- It’s too late to do anything about climate change … right? (7 minutes, 55 seconds)
- I’m just one person, what can I do? (7 minutes, 31 seconds)
- If I just explain the facts, they’ll get it, right? (7 minutes, 39 seconds)
- All the extreme weather we’ve had lately isn’t anything new (5 minutes, 55 seconds)
- Climate change is really only affecting the polar bears, right? (6 minutes, 20 seconds)
- Texans don’t care about climate change, right? (5 minutes, 22 seconds)
- How do we know this climate change thing is even real? (6 minutes, 22 seconds)
- Just how long have we known about climate change anyways? (6 minutes, 1 seconds)
- Welcome to Global Weirding (2 minutes, 11 seconds)
- What happens in the Arctic doesn’t really matter, right? (7 minutes, 19 seconds)
- Is Global Warming causing all these hurricanes? (8 minutes, 17 seconds)
- Renewable energy is way too expensive, right? (6 minutes, 28 seconds)
- This is all just a part of a natural cycle, right? (8 minutes, 7 seconds)
- What’s the Big Deal With a Few Degrees? (9 minutes, 4 seconds)
- I’m Not a Tree Hugger (6 minutes, 40 seconds)
- Oh Canada (9 minutes, 23 seconds)
- Pacific Northwest, Alaska & The Islands (13 minutes, 53 seconds)
- Southern Great Plains & Southwest (10 minutes, 20 seconds)
- Climate Change in the Midwest & Northern Great Plains (9 minutes, 19 seconds)
- I live in the Eastern US – Does Climate Change Matter to Me? (9 minutes, 23 seconds)
- Is Carbon Dioxide Really a Pollutant? (9 minutes, 15 seconds)
- Fossil Fuels (9 minutes, 26 seconds)
- Climate Models (8 minutes, 9 seconds)
- What about the Ozone Hole (8 minutes, 34 seconds)
- It’s warm outside, so Global Weirding is hooey, right? (8 minutes, 3 seconds)
- Weekly Newsletter including Good News, Not-So-Good News, and What You Can Do
- Page 6, Figure SPM.1 titled “Human influence has warmed the climate at a rate that is unprecedented in at least the last 2000 years.”.
- Page 38, Figure SPM.10 titled “Every tonne of CO2 emissions adds to global warming”
Climate.Gov: National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website including Science & Information for a Climate Smart Nation
NASA Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet
- Understanding our planet to benefit humankind
- Evidence: How do we know climate change is real?
- Causes: Why is climate change happening?
- Effects: What are the Effects of Climate Change?
- Solutions: What is Being Done to Solve Climate Change?
- Why does NASA study the Earth? (1 minute, 53 seconds)
- My Name is Aerosol (1 minute, 44 seconds)
- Cloudy Forecast (1 minute, 33 seconds)
- Greenland Ice (1 minute, 57 seconds)
- Sea Level Rise (1 minute, 31 seconds)
- Dishing the Dirt (1 minute, 21 seconds)
- Blowin’ in the Wind (1 minute, 17 seconds)
- Scale in the Sky (1 minute, 42 seconds)
- Gas Problem (1 minute, 43 seconds)
- Earth has a Fever (1 minute, 40 seconds)
- Usual Suspects (1 minute, 31 seconds)
- Mission to Earth? (1 minute, 18 seconds)
Climate Change and Tennessee
Climate and Health
Climate Effects on Health (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Climate change could force 216 million people to migrate by 2050 (World Bank, Groundswell, Human Migration)
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: Pollution from fossil fuel combustion is deadlier than previously thought
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: Fossil fuel air pollution responsible for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health C-Change
Climate, Kids, and Health includes links to the following. Each link includes discussion of the issue, how to protect children, and “How can I do my part to take action against climate change?”
- Brain Development
- Children’s Health
- Heat and Health
- Mental Health
- Pregnancy: Low Birth Weight
- Pregnancy: Preterm Birth
- Wildfires and Health
Association of American Medical Colleges: How climate change is harming kids
Save the Children: The Climate Crisis
Resources for Parents and Children
Healthychildren.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics: How to Talk with Children About Climate Change
NASA Climate Kids: A Guide to Climate Change for Kids
National Geographic Kids: What is Climate Change
National Geographic Kids: 13 ways to save the Earth from climate change
Yale Climate Connections: Children’s books about climate change
Climate Hero Handbook, How Kids Can Defend, Protect, and Restore the Planet By Jennifer Manley Rogers and Jessica Gamache
Several references listed in other sections are also appropriate for parents and children. For example, see, Global Weirding with Katherine Hayhoe, NASA’s Earth Minute Videos, and the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health – C-Change: The Climate Optimist.
Catholic Church: Laudato Si’
International Energy Agency (2022), World Energy Employment, IEA, Paris
UN Climate Change Conference 2021: COP 26 Outcomes
UN Climate Change Conference 2022: COP 27
Skeptical Science: Explaining climate change science and rebutting global warming misinformation / Includes link to the Cranky Uncle Game
The Cool Down (TCD)
What You Can Do
UMC Church and Society
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health C-Change
Climate, Kids, and Health includes links with discussions of the issues, how to protect children, and “How can I do my part to take action against climate change?”
TED Talk by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson titled How to find joy in climate action (10 minutes 12 seconds)
TED Talk by Katherine Hayhoe titled: The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it (17 minutes 03 seconds)
Saving US, A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World (2021) by Katherine Hayhoe
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
- Energy Saved by Recycling
- Reducing food and yard waste going to landfills reduces methane generation: Home Composting
- Infographics: Compost for a Better Planet
- Reuse versus single use
Interfaith Power & Light: Moving towards hope, Putting Faith into action for a safe climate
Tennessee Data and Map Viewers
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Data and Map Viewers: their website has links to the following data and maps.
- Department Enforcement Database
- Air Pollution Control Permits & Inspections Data Viewer
- Certified Asbestos Professionals in Tennessee
- Division of Remediation Sites Viewer
- Exceptional Tennessee Waters
- Fleming Training Center Data Viewers
- Groundwater Protection (Septic) Permits Data Viewer
- Rare Species Data Viewer
- Solid Waste Management Data Viewer
- Division of Water Resources Data Viewer
- Water Resources Well Data Viewer
- Water Resources Drinking Water Watch