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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Meat-Free Day

Reducing your meat consumption is one of the most effective things you can do to cut back your greenhouse gas emissions. Observing a weekly meat-free day is one way of doing just this. Some people and groups may already be regularly abstaining from meat, including as a part of their religious or spiritual practice. Others of us could make a difference by doing so. ARRCC's Meat-Free Day resources include:- Background information on how moderating meat consumption is good for the planet, good for the poor, good for animals, and good for your health- Practical ideas to help you reduce your meat consumption, and to encourage your faith community to do likewise- Faith resources - materials, teachings and website links- Quotes from religious leaders in support of reducing meat consumption- Frequently asked questions Meat-Free Day launchThe Meat-Free Day initiative was officially launched on 2nd October, Gandhi’s birthday, with a gesture common in Eastern traditions - the breaking of coconuts. The launch took place as a part of the UN International Nonviolence Day celebrations in Parramatta Mall, Sydney. Read about it and find a link to the photo gallery here.

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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+