This is the last week for peace month. For this last week we are focusing on what it means to make peace with creation. There is a lot to consider when we think about the issue of creation or Earthcare (as some Quakers refer to it as). From the biblical, to the social and cultural, to the scientific, economic, spiritual and personal there is much to be said about the Earth, our reliance upon it, its impact on us and our impact on it, all of which are intertwined and held together by God.
For this week we will take a narrow scope and look at our own journey’s of taking care of the Earth (when did you first recognize a need to pay attention to creation) and what it means for us to be peacemakers with creation.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him— provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.” (Colossians 1:15–23 NRSV)
Query 19 (NWYM)
- As a Christian steward, do you treat the earth with respect and with a sense of God’s splendor in creation, guarding it against abuse by greed, misapplied technology, or your own carelessness?
Here are a few testimonies from other Quaker yearly meetings dealing with creation care.