“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 creation. How have we polluted and desecrated this sanctuary called Earth? What crimes have we committed against creation? How have we, individually and collectively, contributed to endangering life on our planet?— The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary, Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and H. Paul Santmire, Editors (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011) , pp. 30-31.
The point is that the ecological crisis is not just an environmental issue. Fundamentally, it is a religious and spiritual issue, resulting from the fact that we humans have become alienated from the rest of nature. Only recently have churches recognized that environmental devastation is a sin against creation, even a blasphemy against God. Our sins against creation are many and longstanding. We commit them in our personal behavior; we commit them together as a dimension of our way of life in the economic and social systems of which we are a part. ”