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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Youth for Eco-Justice Day 9

Today was Sunday, so we started the day by going to the local church of one of the South African members of our group. The singing was incredible - I wish I had understood more of the words. I was also intrigued to sit through an almost hour long lecture on HIV/AIDs and how to avoid it (the previous Thursday was World AIDs Day). I thought this was a nice example of how churches can be used to disseminate important information within their communities.

After lunch a smaller group of us went to the Botanic Gardens. We saw a host of animals and plants and I really enjoyed it. Stanislau even got chased by some monkeys when he got a bit too close. They also had these amazing little half fluro orange and half black finches I couldn't help wondering over and a display called the Beehive, which was a dome of recycled materials with plants inside and out - very cool.

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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+