I recently spent an hour or so at the home of Blair, Marilyn and Abby, during which time we chatted about innumerable topics. In passing Blair reminded me that he is the Chaplaincy Environmental Representative and has been doing some homework on his, and our, responsibilities. Inevitably, this led to quite a practical discussion between us. Above all, he expressed how important this aspect of our collective responsibility has been ‘brought home’ to him, and I reflected on how we might all be encouraged to take this aspect of our Christian Calling seriously. Perhaps you would be interested to read the Diocesan Policy on the matter. Those with a computer might wish to look it up on the web. If you click the link: “The Diocese in Europe Environment Policy of the Diocese in Europe: Diocesan Policies and Guidelines” you will be led to the page. Otherwise, I am sure Blair will be able to provide a hard copy. In relation to this whole subject, I had immediate thoughts of my own.
I am reminded of my fascination at reading about James Lovelock in the 1970s, a then NASA scientist, who developed his ideas about all life, all living things, together with all non-living components on Earth, working together to promote life and the enhancement of the environment. (For me, this provided a backdrop for a wonderful understanding of the beauty and complexity of God’s work of creation!) While this hypothesis was ridiculed by many in his early days of research and observation, his theory seems to have gone from scientific heresy to widely accepted orthodoxy in forty or so years, and now influences a number of international research programmes. The theory maintains that Earth's natural cycles work together to keep the Earth healthy and supportive of it’s life. Those who are influenced by this theory argue that the burgeoning impact of the human race has now pushed the Earth to its limit, although it will eventually pull everything back into check. This, however, will not be without huge cost to human beings themselves.
I believe that our faith teaches us that we must again and again remind ourselves that all that we do, in the exercise of God’s wonderful gift of freedom of will, inevitably has consequences. For these, we must take full responsibility. We must take our daily or weekly acts of confession seriously, in every aspect of our lives:
We are truly sorry
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.
Continue to enjoys these wonderful summer days and appreciate God’s generosity in this amazing world. The world is HIS: it is only ours to look after … with HIM!
My love to you all,