High above Yosemite Valley, I’ve just descended to a set of rappel anchors – two bolts set in the rock, solid and secure but looking very small amid the shimmering granite extending above me, below me, to the left and to the right.
I get ready to lean back on the anchors and pull the rope to set up the next rappel. Before doing so, though, it’s always good practice to eyeball the system one last time, to make sure that the set-up is correct.
Thanks to Hope for Creation, Australia, for permission to repost. Hope for Creation is a Christian organization, but people of all Abrahamic traditions share the scripture that is the basis of this piece. The excellent links are also curated by HfC.
Imagine being told that you must live within limits.
Imagine hearing God’s voice saying that you may not consume every last resource in the garden, no matter how attractive, now matter how wonderful its rewards. They are there to be enjoyed, but there are limits.
“You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.”
The 2013 Annual Conference (One Creation, Many Faiths: A Call to Action on Climate Change) opened with a prayer from each of four faith traditions, selected and offered by our four keynote panelists. This was the prayer offered by the Rev. Dr. Gil Waldkoening of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. (Source link for the prayer at end.)
Ever living God, source of sustaining grace,
We remember your faithfulness to generations of old,
and your promise extended to present and future people.
We thank you, that by your grace, proven and promised,
there is hope in the midst of all things.
We pray that you would open our eyes to the real presence in all Creation,
and empower us to work for justice for people and Earth.
We pray especially for courage to face climate change.
We pray for a measure of your Spirit to repent
and change gluttonous abuse of your planet Earth.
We ask that while we humbly repent of our sins
that we would learn to have mercy and compassion toward all.
The 2013 Annual Conference (One Creation, Many Faiths: A Call to Action on Climate Change) opened with a prayer from each of four faith traditions, selected and offered by our four keynote panelists. This was the prayer offered by Sister Pat Lupo of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA. (Source links for prayer at end)
My name is Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, a Sister of St. Joseph of Philadelphia. I am here today representing the Sisters of St. Joseph and Chestnut Hill College of Philadelphia. I am also an Ambassador of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Climate Change Coalition. Speaking from a faith perspective and the moral imperative of doing no harm to God’s creation, I implore you to write Emission Guidelines for reducing carbon pollution from existing fossil fuel power plants that truly make a difference for global climate.
On Friday, the EPA held a “listening session” in Philadelphia, allowing a 3-minute statement about the proposal to create standards for existing power plants to limit carbon pollution by anyone who registered . These sessions were scheduled in 11 cities across the US.
Here is the statement by the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, a member of PA IPL charter member congregation Chestnut Hill United Church:
My name is Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman, and I am an ordained United Methodist minister. I am also a professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. I speak today on behalf of Chestnut Hill United Church in Philadelphia, where my family attends and are members.
Our church has been working to address environmental injustice for over twenty years. We are extremely concerned about what climate change is already doing to God’s Earth and God’s people. And as a mother of a 14-year-old boy, the distress I feel for the future, due to climate disruptions, is highly personal.