In April this year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We are all well aware of the importance of our fifth “Mark of Mission” for our world, but also to our students. The Anglican Social Justice commission have re-worked a series of talks from Rowan Williams and study guides put together by a group in Dunedin, to make resources for a five week study. Within these resources are prayers and Bible verses and reflections and images which could all be useful in chapels where you want to raise everyone’s consciousness of the interconnectedness of “caring for creation,” belief in a Creator God, and thus the gift that the world is for us to treasure.
It’s also good to realise that our sense of responsibility for the earth, the honour it is to have been entrusted it by God, and the uniqueness of all living things, are not new ideas. Look at this prayer from Basil of Caesarea.
On the Anglican Social Justice site, they explain it this way:
To celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary we have redesigned and relaunched the God’s Earth, Our Home 5 week study resource, utilising Archbishop Rowan Williams 2005 series of lectures on his beliefs of how we are called to live in God’s Earth. We hope that this resource is both inspiring and challenging as you journey together through the weeks and explore what it look like to live in this beautiful world and endeavour to bring about restoration and reconciliation between all of God’s creation.
Enjoy exploring the work that others have done!