Our sins against Creation

“It is appropriate in our worship that we make confession of our sins against creation. Having invoked the presence of God the Creator, having seen Earth as the sanctuary of our worship, having established our human solidarity with all creation, and having invited the whole Earth community into a chorus of praise, we must now acknowledge our broken relationship with Continue Reading

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The neglect (and denial) of the churches heighten the emotional toll of climate change

Re: this previously highlighted quote:  “imagine what the cultural expression of climate change denial and avoidance does to compound the depression, anxiety, and grief! ” — Margaret Swedish in New Creation News https://buff.ly/2QGWyZx (re: the grief such as that written about in https://www.nbcnews.com/health/mental-health/climate-grief-growing-emotional-toll-climate-change-n946751 Imagine what the church’s silence on this, even in so-called “Progressive” denominations and church communities, does to Continue Reading

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The emotional toll of our Ecological Crisis: where is the church?

I probably linked to this a couple weeks ago (Christmas week), but can’t remember. But just in case, here it is again: https://www.nbcnews.com/…/climate-grief-growing-emotional-t… HT to Margaret Swedish for the reminder in her post this morning ) ‘Climate grief’: The growing emotional toll of climate change Extreme weather and dire climate reports are intensifying the mental health effects of global warming: depression and resignation about Continue Reading

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The church isn’t helping us much at all; perhaps heightening the problem

This “imagine what the cultural expression of climate change denial and avoidance does to compound the depression, anxiety, and grief! ” — Margaret Swedish in New Creation News 12 days into 2019, where do things stand? [Okay, I should have announced that I would be taking a few weeks off from this blog, and I hope you haven’t missed me too much. Continue Reading

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The natural world self-consciously an integral part of our worshiping experience

“…our restoration/reorientation through worship has tended to leave out an important, indeed crucial, relationship. We are reoriented to God, self, and the human community, but often we have experienced that reorientation without a self-conscious reorientation of our relationship with the rest of creation, which is the matrix in which we live and move and have our being. We are a Continue Reading

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Theologies of worship that fully integrate creation

“Worship is a symbiotic relationship between God and the worshipping community. God is giving and acting, and worshippers are responding in faith. Although the word ‘worship’ implies that it is predominantly about what we do, worship is really preeminently about what God is doing. God is actively present in all of God’s Trinitarian fullness—forgiving, offering God?s self in the proclamation Continue Reading

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“Any sort” of leadership is also not nearly enough.

“the United States’ shunned the opportunity to take on any sort of leadership role over the looming problem of climate change, a reality so problematic that the Department of Defense is openly worried about the consequences.  Instead, the U.S. banded with a small cadre of four oil-dominated nations (including Saudi Arabia) and objected to the recent damning UN climate report. Continue Reading

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Rampant dualism

From my Facebook Memories, 2 years ago: It is just flat out gnosticism to suggest that there is ANYTHING that is off the table in the church that concerns the well-being of people, communities, or nations, or the earth. NOTHING. Gnosticism claims that we can keep our soul and body separate; that salvation is a “purely spiritual” matter (that phrase Continue Reading

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Some think this “normal and patriotic and the stance of good Christians”

Normal And Patriotic People by Mark Davies- The Oklahoma Observer https://buff.ly/2SZJpft A similar cartoon could show some WCA**   people pointing to GLBTQ people seeking full inclusion, saying “No way, they will destroy us”, while the Ecological Crisis continues to worsen. (*** Wesleyan Covenant Association within the UMC movement to encourage split over the GLBTQ Full-inclusion issue)  

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“To Till and To Keep”: God’s first declaration of purpose for humanity at Creation

“God places Adam in the garden of Eden to “till and to keep it. The Hebrew words here that describe Adam’s vocation consist of abad and shamar. The former means to serve,” even to the point of being a slave. The latter not only means “to keep. but also “to watch or preserve.” God puts Adam (and Eve) in the Continue Reading

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