The baptized people of God worship a God who creates, redeems, and is at work to heal and renew the whole creation. The whole earth reflects the glory of God. Every creature, even stones, cry out in praise.
We are simultaneously part of creation and also stewards of it. We belong to stars and to micro-plankton. With wisdom and love, God has woven us into the web of all being.
When we live as if humans are separate and above the rest of creation, we are living a collective self-deception. The whole creation is groaning under this collective self-deception (Romans 8:22).
Our fossil fuel driven civilization is creating an earth and ocean that could rapidly become uninhabitable. Species are becoming extinct. Coastal areas are flooded. Extreme weather events are increasing. Unprecedented fires and floods come with greater frequency. People are losing their homes and forced to flee. Oceans are dying. Permafrost is melting. Our collective way of life is dangerous and is already having deadly consequences.
The world needs the Church in a time like this. The gospel of the Resurrection of the Crucified One is for the whole creation. It calls us into a new way of life within that creation, in which stewardship of the earth becomes integral to every faith practice.
And it calls us together, from the ground up, from the grassroots of every congregation, in response to the Holy Spirit work of renewing the face of the earth. (Psalm 104:30)
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