At St. Michael’s, we are entering a time of reflection on environmental theology and care of God’s creation. In September 2011, the Episcopal Church House of Bishops issued a pastoral teaching to the church regarding environmental justice. In it they wrote:
The mounting urgency of our environmental crisis challenges us at this time to confess “our self-indulgent appetites and ways,” “our waste and pollution of God’s creation,” and “our lack of concern for those who come after us” (Ash Wednesday Liturgy, Book of Common Prayer, p. 268). It also challenges us to amend our lives and to work for environmental justice and for more environmentally sustainable practices.
Christians cannot be indifferent to global warming, pollution, natural resource depletion, species extinctions, and habitat destruction, all of which threaten life on our planet. Because so many of these threats are driven by greed, we must also actively seek to create more compassionate and sustainable economies that support the well-being of all God’s creation.
The national church developed a five-part discussion series entitled “A Life of Grace for the Whole World” to study and take action on the Pastoral Teaching of the House of Bishops. I invite you to join me for five Wednesdays at 7:30PM beginning June 8 and continuing until July 6 in the Parish Hall for worship and reflection as we seek to care for creation.
Read more from the The House of Bishops Pastoral Teaching.