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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Youth for Eco-Justice Day 2

Today we had our orientation and then went to the Interfaith Rallye. Although attendance was disappointing, the rally was very interesting. Our signs ended up on the news and there were some interesting speeches. The most exciting and random thing though was that as Archbishop Desmond Tutu walked past me there was a brief break in the crowd of the media scrum so that he could see me and he smiled at me! I couldn't believe it.

It was also amusing to hear Archbishop Tutu speak - he has the most incredible sense of humour. I was intrigued/disturbed a bit though by the tendency of some of the speakers to be a bit fire and brimstone about the rich and their sins. While developed countries certainly have a lot to answer for I am not sure if this was constructive.

After the rally and the concert - good music- we had some trouble finding our bus so we all got drenched, which was a bit funny.

For more on Archbishop Tutu's speech and the rally see:
Video of the interfaith rally made by participants of the WCC-LWF Youth for Eco-Justice training coinciding with COP17

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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+