assorted links --
abbey of the arts --
american baptist (abc-usa) --
carbon fast for Lent --
church of the brethren --
disciples of christ --
episcopal church (usa) --
evangelical lutheran church (elca) --
greek orthodox --
methodist (umc) --
presybterians (pcusa) --
quakers (Friends) --
united church of christ (ucc) --
... invited to take up has often been noted as that of caring for creation (Genesis 1: 26-31). Of course, misinterpreted “dominion” language has sometimes gotten in the way and led such practice off onto dangerous and distracted pathways overgrown with destruction, violence, and injustice toward G_d’s more-than-human world.
In the face of concerns regarding global climate change, life-altering pollution, world-wide food supply concerns, lack of clean water and sanitation for too-many of our global neighbors, whole-species genocide due to wars and other unsustainable practices, and more -- caring for G_d’s creation, as a spiritual practice, should be a foundational consideration for the Christian faith in each of our lives.
But let us not take up such practice from a place of fear and foreboding; let us do so, instead, as a whole-hearted commitment from a deep place of hope for what can be, and a deep-seated conviction for who and how we are called to be, as those assigned by G_d to be mid-wives and shepherds for everything G_d has brought forth and called “good.”
The first spiritual practice humans were ...