Dear Church Community,
As I’ve said so many times over the years, “Easter isn’t just a day, it’s a season!” And often, the Easter Season overlaps with Earth Day (or week). Which makes sense to me. For both highlight regeneration, rebirth, and resurrection. Like the earth in springtime.
As we move forward this Easter Season into Earth Week, I plan to spend a couple of Sundays looking at our relationship with other beings and the rest of the natural world. This Sunday, 4/18, I’ll preach on the sacredness of all life and a theology that sees God both within and greater than all things. On Sunday, 4/25, I’ll preach on the intersection between environmental issues and racism, often called eco-justice.
I’m grateful that the current presidential administration has brought us back into climate talks with the rest of the world. But I fear we’re too late to stop significant climate change and the impacts it will have on all life, certainly on “the least of these.”
If you’re interested in learning more about this issue and/or you’d like to speak out for climate justice, I encourage you to participate in Ecumenical Advocacy Days, an annual gathering (typically in DC) of Christian advocates and activists, April 18-21. This year’s three-day, online event will include worship, issue education, and political advocacy with the theme, Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored. By participating, you’ll become part of a global movement centered on and led by the people and communities most vulnerable to climate impacts due to historic racial and colonial inequities. “Together, we will passionately advocate and reimagine a world that lives out the values of justice, equity, and the beloved community.” Register here.
In the words of the poet, Adrienne Rich:
My heart is moved by all I cannot save:
so much has been destroyed
I have to cast my lot with those
who age after age, perversely,
with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world.
Peace Be with You and Yours,