By Chrystal Bartlett, Baptist Peacemaker
Google “care for creation” and you’ll find it’s a panreligious movement. If nothing else, this demonstrates that all major religions—Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Baptist—all agree on at least one thing. Can I get an “amen” to that?
It’s good that this is the case. Reconciliation between a planet needing stewardship and inhabitants who often refuse to see that need will require everything from global to grassroots activity.
Many BPFNA partner congregations have taken “earth friendly” actions to create local justice through solar panels, energy audits, urban gardens, wildlife habitat, green construction and more. Each action helps the earth and local communities while it enriches congregations (sometimes literally), but each congregation shares the common goal of outreach and education.
Whether your congregation’s so overwhelmed it doesn’t know where to start, contemplating its first or its fifth earth-care mission, there’s food for thought and collective wisdom as we learn about other congregations’ path to peace with our planet. Or as Proverbs 1:5 puts it, “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.”
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