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Climate Services

posted 25 Apr 2013, 01:40 by Martyn Goss   [ updated 26 Nov 2017, 04:05 by Websites Ahoy ]

Devon Churches Green Action have recently published 5 orders of service on Climate, including a Climate Change Communion - a Eucharist with a focus on the Earth. These include prayers, songs, hymns, litanies and readings. Copies of this are available in the Resources section of this website.

A Climate Communion service took place in the Justice, Peace and Creation Chapel at Exeter Cathedral on 20th April 2013. The service sheet is attached below.

Canon Andrew Godsall, who celebrated, shared a reflection:

"I shall tell you a great secret my friend. Do not wait for the last judgement, it takes place every day.” Wise words from French Novelist Albert Camus. Lots of people are anxious about the future. I grew up in the generation that expected that the world would end in a nuclear explosion. That fear has receded and been replaced with a greater awareness of the damage being done to the climate by our careless attitude to the world's resources.

Read the gospel more carefully and you will see it's about having a relationship with Jesus Christ. And you do that by knowing his love for you, communicated through those you attempt to love back, and trying each day to express that love rather than anger and hate.

Joni Mitchell was right when she said that we have got to get ourselves back to the garden. We are part of the Great Chain of being, and the essential and unbreakable links in the chain include the Divine Creator, the angels, humans, animals, the world of plants and vegetation, the waters on earth and the Earth itself. They proclaim the glory of God and the dignity of all things.

I have to confess that I'm somewhat agnostic on the doctrine of Original sin – a 2nd century invention, which is not found in Judaism. The primary task of the Christian faith is not condemnation, but connecting people with their roots. – getting back to the garden. Creation Spirituality, instead of thinking of original sin, starts instead with original blessing – and I like that change in emphasis. It regains the understanding that our original and true nature, the original and true nature of all things, is "very good."

Creation Spirituality unleashes vitality, creativity and playfulness. It is generous. Unlike fall-redemption spirituality, it does not set up competitive dualisms between males and females, celibate and married, white and black, Christian and non-Christian, us and them. It is pluralistic and means that we can put aside our defences, our need to control, dominate and destroy the other. It is the spirituality that is needed for an ecological, peacemaking and just world community.

A Roman Catholic priest called Richard Rohr set up the Centre for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to help people to transcend the dualistic thinking that divides the world into “bad guys” and “good guys.” He said:

"Every step of creation and every piece of creation is another word of God. Each is another footprint, another fingerprint, another revelation of the mystery. So the whole distinction between sacred and profane just doesn’t work anymore. It’s not helpful. It’s not true. There is only one universe. It’s all sacred, and it’s all revealing the divine."

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25 Apr 2013, 01:40