29 February 2012

Better late than never?

I meant to mention the Ash Wednesday Declaration last week, but life intervened in the form of a couple of tight deadlines. Hence the title of this entry. Though, on reflection, the title could also apply to the declaration itself since theologians have been calling attention to the religious implications of the environmental crisis for several decades now. But, judging by the list of eminent signatories, concern for our impact on the environment has at last made it on to the agendas of the upper echelons of a number of mainstream churches.

The preamble reads:
Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church
The likelihood of runaway global warming, which will diminish food security, accelerate the extinction of huge numbers of species and make human life itself impossible in some parts of the world, raises questions that go to the heart of our Christian faith.

What should our relationship be with God as both the origin and the end of all things? How do we balance our energy and material consumption with the needs of the poorest communities, and of future generations and other species? How do we sustain hope in the midst of fear and denial? How can we encourage global cooperation, challenge unsustainable economic systems and change our lifestyles? These fundamental questions prompt this urgent call to the Church.

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