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GOD'S EARTH IS SACRED - AN OPEN LETTER

[15 Jul 2005] The following comes from Sue Grisham of Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare (http://www.enaw.org). It appears on the website of the
Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and addresses issues pertaining to the environment and our relationship to it.

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A group of Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant theologians, convened in
Washington, DC by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the
USA, released a letter recently calling all Christians to reject
teachings that suggest humans are "called" to exploit the Earth without
care for how our behaviour impacts the rest of God's creation.

The letter, entitled "God's Earth is Sacred: An Open Letter to
Christians in the United States" makes some opening statements,
including:
We are obliged to relate to Earth as God's creation "in ways that
sustain life on the planet, provide for the [basic] needs of all
humankind, and increase justice." Over the past several decades, slowly
but faithfully, the religious community in the United States has
attempted to address issues of ecology and justice. Our faith groups
have offered rich theological perspectives, considered moral issues
through the lens of long-standing social teaching, and passed numerous
policies within our own church bodies. While we honor the efforts in
our churches, we have clearly failed to communicate the full measure
and magnitude of Earth's environmental crisis - religiously, morally,
or politically. It is painfully clear from the verifiable testimony of
the world's scientists that our response has been inadequate to the
scale and pace of Earth's degradation.

then calls us to action, to:

Understand our responsibilities ...
Integrate this understanding into our core beliefs and practices ...
Advocate boldly ...

The full text of the letter is found on the SCOBA website at:
http://www.scoba.us/news/newsdetail.asp?id=137

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