Posted by: morgan1965 | November 5, 2009

Danger: God’s Creation is in Crisis

“God’s Creation is in crisis.” This is the opening sentence of a pastoral letter adopted by the Council of Bishops [COB] of The United Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. This pastoral letter addresses the subject of God’s creation. The exact title of the letter is “God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action”.

I was pleased to join with my colleague bishops in adopting this pastoral letter, similar to the Council’s landmark 1986 call, “In Defense of Creation: The Nuclear Crisis and a Just Peace.”

The letter declares that “our neglect, selfishness, and pride have fostered: [1] pandemic poverty and disease; [2] environmental degradation; and, [3] the proliferation of weapons and violence.” The notion that God’s creation is in crisis is no exaggeration. If this is the current reality concerning God’s creation, what does the future hold for humankind, unless we mend our care of God’s creation? Indeed, God has entrusted the care of God’s creation to all of God’s people. The critical problem that confronts us is that “we have turned our backs on God and on our responsibilities.”

The bishops said: “With a resurrection spirit, we look forward to the renewal of the whole creation and commit ourselves to that vision. We pray that God will accept and use our lives and resources that we re-dedicate to a ministry of peace, justice and hope to overcome poverty and disease, environmental degradation, and the proliferation of weapons and violence.” We bishops have pledged ourselves to the multifaceted task of helping to make a difference in the care of God’s creation.

There are three resources available to the church: [1] Pastoral Letter [2] Foundation Document (with Preface), and the [3] Pastoral Letter in Liturgical Setting. The documents will be available on the Internet in just a few days  at wvumc.org and hopeandaction.org.

 

Yes, God’s creation is in crisis and we must act in partnership to end this crisis.

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Responses

  1. I would like to commend the Bishops for their positive affirmation and call to “Hope and Action”. I applaud the Bishops in their commitment to “pray that God will accept and use our lives and resources that we re-dedicate to a ministry of peace, justice and hope to overcome poverty and disease, environmental degradation, and the proliferation of weapons and violence”.

    This is indeed a step forward, if only a small one. Now I pray that the Bishops will also take a positive stand toward inclusion as well as “peace, justice and hope” toward the LGBT community, and will more specifically call for action in denouncing the proposed actions of the Uganda legislation, and the legislation of any nation, that would criminalize or marginalize anyone who is seen as LGBT or supportive of LGBT issues.


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