Friends in Christ,

Over the past 50 years, we have been challenged to realize our share in the devastation of our planet. Given stewardship over creation (Genesis 1), we failed to notice when that “stewardship” had been subverted by economic forces, human greed and an attitude of complacency. We answered God’s very first call to us with neglect, disregard and denial.

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We only began to pay attention when ecological devastation started to affect our daily lives. Today our failure of stewardship affects us through climate change. Shifting weather patterns warm the planet and oceans, breaking delicate links in our food chain and melting polar ice. This melt, which further confounds Earth’s weather patterns, is already devastating the livelihoods of Indigenous people in the North.

In my lifetime we have incrementally addressed environmental concerns: recycling, pollution regulations and low-energy appliances have all been presented as meaningful ways for us to address the warming of our planet. While helpful, I fear incrementalism has allowed us to hide—to pretend the damage is not as bad as it is and deny the radical changes we need to make in our personal and corporate lives. The time to hide is now over; there are no rocks left for us to crawl under, no shelter large enough to conceal us from this crisis in creation. The changes needed are urgent! The only time we have to change is now. What will we do to see and respond?

I pray we will listen to the call for action and begin today—in our own lives and in our parishes—lifting our voices in our communities. May God grant us courage to see and to act!

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I share your fears and am very concerned about the world that our children and grandchildren will inherit if we do not take strong steps now. I am very fearful of politicians around the world who put jobs and “progress” ahead of protecting our environment. At the same time I am frustrated because the small steps I take now seem insignificant.

  2. A greater fear than her incrementalism in actually responding to environmental concerns (too little action, too late, maybe) is that Nicholls’ has chosen a lesser object of concern than what she could have.

    The Journal editorial team could have explored the first Mark of Mission for their first issue of “Epiphanies,” knowing that they would get the new primate in on writing a short item to provide credibility for their new digital initiative, and one presumes Nicholls could have thrown some weight around to persuade them to address the spiritual needs of the people she is supposed to shepherd. Is not the salvation of souls more important than care of creation?

    Nicholls has chosen to open her ministry as first bishop in the wrong place, and this does not bode well for the health of Jesus Christ’s catholic church among Anglicans in Canada. Time, already, for her to reevaluate what her legacy will be.

    Here is what the Apostle Paul worked out for himself what his ministry would be among the people of Corinth: “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

    Anglicans who want a vibrant faith cry out, “Please, we would see Jesus.”

  3. There are many ways as individuals and as groups that we can support our new Primate. Issuing personal attacks does not help. She will be only as effective as our thoughts and prayers offer support for her work.

  4. I appreciate the new Primate’s message. I hope it will filter down into the pews. God created this world and placed us in his beautiful garden giving it into our care. We are failing our commission to be good stewards and this must grieve the Lord greatly. In order to share Jesus we have to be faithful to the original command to care for creation. God bless her for speaking out and calling us to the task.

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