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Earth Day: People of faith called to be activists

Earth Day: People of faith called to be activists

Mary Frances Schjonberg writing for Episcopal News Service reports:

Participants in the Episcopal Church’s “The Intersection of Poverty and the Environment” program April 21 agreed that people of faith can and should play an important role in organizing communities to be both good neighbors and stewards of creation.

“In the Abrahamic religious traditions, poverty confronts the divine dream of plenty — of a heavenly banquet in a land of peace with justice,” Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said in her keynote address.

“Antibodies to poverty begin to form when members of the community discover that their common humanity and dignity depend on one another,” she said, urging people to begin by “choosing to notice and do something about the poverty in our midst.”

The two-hour program was webcast live from the Diocese of Utah‘s Cathedral of St Mark in Salt Lake City. Statistics showed that 700 computers received the webcast; at least 50 of those computers were being used by groups to view the webcast. The session will soon be available on demand and there will be a facilitator’s guide and resources to optimize viewing and participation here. The text of Jefferts Schori’s address will be released when the on-demand version of the webcast is available.

The event, held the day before Earth Day, included two panel discussions moderated by Kim Lawton of PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.


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Want to note that my associate rector, the Rev. Rod Davis (St Michael’s, Carmichael CA), preached an OUTSTANDING Earth Day sermon.

Tying a secular “holy day” and the Church’s life together can sometimes feel awkward. But I believe Rev Davis succeeded brilliantly, AND faithfully.

God bless God’s Creation!

JC Fisher

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