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“We were talking back then about how important is is for people to have a place where they can go to get away from everything and be renewed,” Amy said. “It’s so hard for churches to leave their doors open these days, for people to seek sanctuary inside, so that was the reason we started this garden; for a place of refuge.”
As Christian Educators it is our responsibility to help the children make the connection between faith, stewardship, and environmental awareness.
Would Jesus likely be a vegetarian today? Does the Bible say anything about vegetarianism? Is eating meat sinful? What does it mean to “eat mercifully”?
‘The Kingdom of God is the celebration of Sabbath economics, of generous hospitality and sacrificial compassion, of investment in all that builds community, and the rejection of amassing fortunes in barns…’ This series of seven Sabbath reflections by Bishop George Browning are designed for individual or group use in parishes, seminaries and other study environments.
Each generation has it own context for viewing nature and for sparking their imagination.
There are many books written for children that can be translated into themes of stewardship – sharing one’s talents, gifts, possessions, time and money with others.
Living in Arizona, I have found no need to look for mystery and otherness in outer space. There are plenty of fascinating alien plant and animal species right out the back door.
Brother Sun calls goodnight as he turns out the light. Thanks be to God.
The mountains smile and wink as they watch him sink. Thanks be to God.
The Desert heaves a sigh as she says goodbye. Thanks be to God.
Parents are becoming more aware of the importance of helping the child to be at home in God’s world. Actually, the young child is already at home with all of creation. The challenge of the parent is not to block this natural desire, but rather to encourage it. Yes, to be keepers of wonder.
As “Ragu with Pancetta and Prosciutto” is a specialty of Giada De Laurentiis, we are the concoction of a divine chef, made from scratch out of raw ingredients found on earth.
I can’t help but wonder if this child might be symbolic of today’s child so sensory deprived of nature and expressing a deep yearning to be reconnected. Maybe the deprivation is not the kind of socio-economic one of the inner city child in our neighborhood – but could it be a “soci-electronic” one within our own congregations?
“How can ministries become safe for “rainbow kids,” whether gender variant or questioning teens, children of LBGT parents, or other concerned youth?”
No matter what awful things go on around us, it’s still God’s world. God loves the world, and is up to all kinds of good things at any given moment. If we learn to see with new eyes, we can live in a world addicted to bad news and electronic gadgets without losing joy, hope and humor.
The Eco-Justice Network of the National Council of Churches is hosting two webinars about environmental health, and to learn how we can improve the health of God’s people through healthy, mindful living from the womb through old age.