Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In Thanksgiving For All Creation

To mark Earth Day and as a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the gift of creation, members of the St. John's Episcopal Church sustainability ministry took to the pulpit last Sunday (the third of Easter). Their sermons are here.

Wondering about the person who chopped down the last tree on Easter Island, Jeff Allport asked if we'd know when we'd used the last barrel of oil. Perhaps the meek will inherit the earth because "they are the ones who consume the least" ...Gloria Sefton talked about her years of environmental advocacy in her beloved Trabuco Canyon, including giving tours to inner-city and homeless children who've "never seen a running stream or a soaring hawk"...John Schafer reflected on hearing birds sing during the silence in church and expressed his love for the cathedral-like peace of our national parks...Kate Fernelius, fresh from her Model UN triumphs, said Christians are called to see our world as "an international, inter-species, inter-environmental community"...Linda Allport talked about how easy it is to get stuck in the complex economics of environmental stewardship. Instead, "when we do one thing to care for the Earth, no matter how small, we become more involved, more mindful of participating with God in His creation. That mindfulness opens us to the grace to do more."

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