Reading Paul’s ideas of a creation that groans for its redemption and incorporating an understanding of the book of nature can help us see the adverse effects of human activity on God’s creation in a new light. It may even suggest a new domain of action where we can become catalytic agents and partners in God’s redemptive impetus.
There’s a certain kind of grief when you are the messenger, and it feels like no one is listening. Or maybe people are listening, but they don’t care as much, or at least their actions don’t indicate they do. That is the feeling I experience in ebbs and flows as a science journalist whose love for God has led me to care deeply for his creation.
Because creation is not our property, we show love, devotion, respect, and obedience to the Creator by becoming good stewards of his creation.
Jesus made the food for these people from nearly nothing. I think we can apply his attitude of saving leftovers to food waste and waste in general… In this moment, he taught us about stewardship. He wants us to make the best of what we have and use even the excess well.
Established in 2010, Green the Church works at the intersection of environmental justice and the black church. They seek to amplify green theology, to promote sustainable practices for congregations and congregants, and to support and leverage the collective power of member churches for change.
“Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home offers a rich theological resource for Catholics and Protestants alike. Considering topics such as consumerism, development, environmental degradation, and global warming, the Pope ties these to the Gospel as well as the social and ethical teachings of the church.