Last year, immediately after the 45th President’s inauguration January 20, 2017, people of faith in Madison, WI joined with multitudes around the country. They participated in prayer vigil events over the course of the first 100 Hours of the new presidency. They implored God to guide the new administration to “Keep Good Faith On Our Climate Commitments.” Prayerful reflection and thoughtful exhortation aptly drew from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, life and spirit. People gathered in the shadow of his birthday and holiday as well as on the near eve of Black History Month. As then, so again now, the words offered up by Rev. Nick Utphall drew from Rev. King to speak timely truth to power and encouragement to those laboring for justice – racial, environmental, and economic. Despite disappointing progress and discouraging regress, God calls us to faithfully persevere NOW:
A lot depends on perspective in these days, and so depending on your perspective, you might find it either a fitting coincidence or grotesquely ironic that this week ending in inauguration began with the observance of Martin Luther King day.
Whether good or ill, I’ve been considering the Rev. King’s words and example amid this moment. There are, again, things both more and less helpful.
Less helpful to me feels that grand reassurance oft repeated by Rev. King, that the arc of the moral universe is long but that it bends toward justice. Overall, I have that hope Continue reading →
As Advent invites us to prepare for the arrival of Christ, it challenges us to care for creation and protect the climate. In this article, first published in December’s Climate Caretaker’s Newsletter, I explore this challenge and suggest some responses.
The church secretary rushed into the pastor’s office and said, “This is incredible, Jesus is riding into the parking lot on a donkey. What should we do?” The pastor turned back to his keyboard, resumed typing and said, “Don’t just stand there, look busy.”
This joke comes to mind as I consider the work of Climate Caretakers and the opportunity of Advent. We have just begun these days of Advent on the journey to Christmas. It is a time, a season, for reflection and spiritual preparation. A time when, to one extent or another, churches invite their members to exercise their empathy and imagination. Advent opens up time and Continue reading →
Hurricanes regrettably link to climate change. Although pouring gasoline on the fire might not cause an explosion, it still isn’t a good idea because it will make things worse. Likewise fueling climate change by pouring carbon dioxide into the atmosphere might not cause any specific hurricane or extreme weather event, but it still isn’t a good idea because it will make things worse.
Over the years we have shared some of the faith and science plus scripture and theology that energize Care of Creation’s response to God’s call. That call moves us to act in many ways to care for creation in general and protect the climate in particular. We act to express the gospel of the Kingdom, to express the love of God and neighbor, to extend justice to all. At this time, that call also moves us to invite those of you who share these concerns to act also.
Please direct your thoughts, prayers, and calls on behalf of efforts next week to protect the climate! Recognize that dozens of supportive phone calls before a Congressional office meeting on the climate crisis do get legislators’ attention. It does make a difference.
In particular call your members of Congress Fri., June 9 as part of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Call-in. You can help protect the climate and care for creation even if you can’t join the over 1,000 CCL volunteers, including Care of Creation staffer Kermit Hovey, flooding Washington DC for the 8th Annual CCL Conference & Lobby Day, June 11-13. CCL, although a secular organization, is one we share many values with and happily endorse as a positive option to address climate change.
You can help in the comfort of your own home. And it’s easy! Go to http://cclusa.org/callcongress. All you do is supply your address and zip code. The site will supply the phone #s and talking points. You’ll be priming your Member(s) of Congress in advance of the CCL volunteers visit to their offices June 13. We CAN slow climate change. This simple task for you can result in BIG dividends for a livable world for neighbors next door, across the country, and around the world!
My original version of the following post appeared in the Climate Caretakers February 2017 monthly newsletter. It appears here, with minor tweaks. The challenges for creation care advocates continue to be intense and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continue to ring true. As Christians we care for ourselves as we work for justice – whether in race relations or creation care – when we care for others. In this all, it is especially important that we love our enemies – those who act against those heartfelt concerns and efforts. As you read to the end, please also prayerfully consider the suggested Action Options.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who
This has been quite a week. Here in the US, we have been rocked by news of Donald Trump’s election to presidency of the United States. Many of our friends around the world were also surprised and shocked – I’ve heard from some of you. We’re all wondering what this means for the US and for the world.
We are also wondering what it means for my organization, Care of Creation and for the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network. It is already clear that the one of the Trump administration’s priorities will be to try to reverse many of the environmental protections that already exist within the United States. More ominously for those outside of this country (which is most of you who are reading this) he intends to back out of the United States’ international obligations with regard to climate change. Will this happen? If it does, will other countries stay the course or choose to back out as well? What does it all mean for God’s creation? So we are asking ourselves: What does Creation Care look like in the Age of Trump? Continue reading →
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