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Season of Creation: Sept 23

September 23, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

In the Genesis Creation story, God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth." God created human beings; God created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. God created them male and female.

God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” [Gen 1:26-28]

What does it mean to be created in the “image of God?” As part of her spiritual retreat this fall, Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA, explored that very concept at the responsibilities that come with it.

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Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Spirituality highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“We are not God. The earth was here before us and it has been given to us. This allows us to respond to the charge that Judaeo-Christian thinking, on the basis of the Genesis account which grants man “dominion” over the earth (cf. Gen 1:28), has encouraged the unbridled exploitation of nature by painting him as domineering and destructive by nature. This is not a correct interpretation of the Bible as understood by the Church. Although it is true that we Christians have at times incorrectly interpreted the Scriptures, nowadays we must forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God’s image and given dominion over the earth justifies absolute domination over other creatures.”
- Laudato Si' 67

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Prairie on CSA land

ACT

CSA is committed to being stewards of Earth and the congregation’s property, which includes three stream channels running down the Niagara Escarpment west, 112 acres of agricultural lands, 15 acres of prairie/meadow lands, and 13 acres of forested wetlands. Throughout the region this same stewardship is illustrated by Glacial Lakes Conservancy (GLC). GLC is celebrating 25 years of fulfilling their mission to permanently preserve and protect land and water resources for future generations.

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INTERCESSION

That permanently preserving Earth be an extra incentive for all of us as we face the consequences of climate change, we pray.

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