According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for
this world to recreate, reclaim, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of
explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. - anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. - anon
... Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument.
There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is
irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a
power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table
to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace,
reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants
us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. - anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Celebrating Earth Day: Natural Wonders Show Us Why We Must Care For Creation




The Huffington Post
by Yasmine Hafiz
April 22, 2014


Caring for creation is something that all the residents of this beautiful, diverse, and breathtaking planet have a stake in. The environment we live in is inextricable from our daily lives, and our actions have a direct impact on it. Many faith traditions emphasize the importance of acting as a steward for the planet as well as giving thanks for its life-sustaining blessings.

These breathtaking natural wonders remind us of the importance of taking care of the environment. What have you done for the earth today?

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

"God created man and woman entrusting them with the task of filling the earth and subduing it, which does not mean exploiting it, but nurturing and protecting it, caring for it through their work." -Pope Francis

Aurora Borealis, Norway

"The Goddess religion asserts that the earth is alive, and that everything on the earth is part of a living being." -Starhawk

Bamboo Forest, Japan

"The world’s forests are a shared stolen treasure that we must put back for our children’s future."

The Grand Canyon, U.S.A.

"We must acquire a compassionate heart – what St. Isaac of Syria, a seventh century mystic once called a heart that burns with love for the whole of creation: for humans, for birds and beasts, for all God’s creatures." -Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Uluru, Australia

"Morally speaking, we should be concerned for our whole environment." -The Dalai Lama

Mount Rainier, U.S.A.

"Air is the Guru, Water is the Father, and Earth is the Great Mother of all." -The Second Guru, Guru Angad

Antelope Canyon, U.S.A.

"We have inherited a great thing in this Earth and all its bounty. Why not leave it better than we found it for those who will come after us?" -Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

Pamukkale, Turkey

“God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation.” -Francis Bacon

Mount Fuji, Japan

"We are all connected and there is no escape; our common future depends on how we care for the rest of the natural world, not just the square feet of soil we may call 'our own." -Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Tuscany, Italy

"The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens." -Baha'u'llah

  • Joshua Tree National Forest, U.S.A.

"Nothing that the Lord created in the world was superfluous or vain; hence, all must be sustained." -Rabbi Norman Lamm

Jiuzhaigou Park, China

“We find greater lightness & ease in our lives as we increasingly care for ourselves & other beings.” -Sharon Salzberg

Salinas Grandes, Argentina

"Strength is knowing what's happening to the world around us, and moreover, as a Christian, we can't claim to love the Creator and abuse the world in which we live." -Rev. Richard Cizik

Skaftafell, Iceland

“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” -Pope John Paul II

Cliffs of Mohr, Ireland

"We are not masters of this Earth; it does not belong to us to do what we wish." -Dr. Abdullah Omar Naseef

K2, Himalayas

"Let there be peace in the heavens, the Earth, the atmosphere, the water, the herbs, the vegetation, among the divine beings and in Brahman, the absolute reality." -Atharva Veda

White Desert, Egypt

"May we never seek to mistreat the earth; may we live with reverence for you and all you have made. " -Lakota Prayer