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Environmental Crisis and Spiritual Pilgrimage Class
October 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, happening 5 times
The Creation Waits with Eager Longing: Environmental Crisis as an Invitation to Spiritual Pilgrimage
“Climate change, pollution and diminishing resources mean that the future will be difficult for life
on earth. We face an environmental crisis.” (Love for the Future: A Journey).
The angry denials in some sectors to what is increasingly accepted as scientific fact, namely that the ways we have been living have contributed to the rapidly changing environment, speak of a terrible grief. Most of us feel cast adrift in frighteningly unfamiliar and often dangerous waters. It is no wonder that we are angry, reactive and divided and we want to turn back to what has seemed secure and predictable in the past. Yet our faith tradition provides ample stories of how crisis and displacement become opportunities for a holy pilgrimage in which outer change becomes the vehicle for inner emotional/spiritual transformation and new ways of relating to creation – summed up in the Hebrew notion of Shalom.
This six week study, facilitated by the Rector, will use the Papal encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si, and Love for the Future: A Journey, by the Rev. David Osborne, an Anglican priest who is part of the Iona Community in Scotland. The Iona Community is a Christian ecumenical community dedicated to environmental and social justice.