Confession time … I am a better steward of our churches than I am of the environment. I am much less ‘Green’ than I like to think I am. My heart is there but my energy and actions haven’t yet caught up! Who can fail to be impressed with 93 year old David Attenborough or the passion of Greta Thunberg and like minded young people, willing to make a stand; to change their practices, to safeguard our planet?
Revd Jim Bear Jacobs’ speaking from an Indigenous perspective corrected this already convincing statement ‘The earth is our greatest natural resource and it is incumbent upon us to protect it’ to the even more powerful ‘The earth is our most sacred relative and it is incumbent upon us to protect her.’
Thinking of mother earth as a living, sacred being, speaks more directly to me than pollution or over consumption. I want to ‘nurture’ her…. and my new grandson (Oh did I mention I am now a Nanna?!!).
Just before Jesus ascended he said ‘A new commandment I give to you, to love one another, as I have loved you.’
The Christian life is a simple one, to love God and to love one another, just as we are fully loved by God. And now I need also to extend that love to the earth; the diverse, beautiful, existence we share life with.
(She puts back the plastic tub of coleslaw and picks up a cabbage!!)
Blessings to you ,
Revd Nikki Mann
Nikki is the Priest in Charge of the Raddesley Benefice (which consists of 6 churches) in Cambridgeshire