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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Not worship OF Creation but Worship WITH Creation

“This biblical revelation of how the glory of God fills Earth-and indeed all of creation—does not claim that creation itself is God. We do not worship creation. God’s presence is “in, with, and under” every aspect of this world, as Martin Luther teaches us. Of course, the most powerful and definitive revelation of God’s glory is seen in the person 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 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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Abusing the Bible

“For all its inspiration, for all the lives it has changed, the Bible is undeniably problematic. Put in the hands of egocentric, unloving, or power-hungry people or those who have never learned how to read spiritually inspired literature, it is almost always a disaster.” — Richard Rohr And: “Just as the Bible takes us through many stages of consciousness and history, Continue Reading

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The calming, centering effects of time spent in nature

““scientists believe that we evolved to be more relaxed in natural spaces.” — From a Facebook post linked  article.Gives further credence to the idea of natural revelation, for which the Scriptures themselves are witness. Some theologians have called the natural world one of “two Scriptures”; one of written word, the other of God revealed through Creation.

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