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Monday, November 28, 2011

Youth for Eco-Justice Day 3

Today we talked about the Triple crisis and climate and water issues.

We began with a talk about the Triple Crisis by Joy Kennedy: the Poverty, Wealth and Ecological Justice Coordinator of the United Church of Canada. Joy spoke about Eco-Justice as visioning the next "new normal".

My notes:

Some quotes:
"Systems created by humans can be re-created by humans."
- a reflection on the way we need to stop seeing systems like the economy as immutable and set. Not that long ago they didn't exist. We created them to serve us, not the other way around, so if they aren't serving us well then we have to change them.

"Bloom where you are planted."
- a reflection on the fact that the most effective actions are usually completed locally within your home community and the context you know best - not on a more international scale.

"The cracks are how the light gets in."
- a reflection on the opportunities that these triple crises give us.

Free, prior and informed consent for the use of indigenous people's land.
Common but differentiated responsibilities
The World Council of Churches is working on a 'greed line' to accompany the poverty line.

Some things to look up:
Book: 'Jesus and Empire' by Richard A. Horsley

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+