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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

A ‘Green Gown’ sustainability award has been given to a Kingston University scheme that encourages students to donate unwanted clothes and household goods to charity. Over 5 years the scheme has collected around 5 tonnes of discard items that would otherwise go to landfill. Last year 80% of the items went to charities within 12 miles of Kingston including Cancer Research, Princess Alice Hospice, Refugee Action Kingston and the Community Furniture Project. For Renata Rez, from Szeged in Hungary, managing the project has been an opportunity to put her B.Sc. in Environmental Management into action.

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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+