To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Anglican Communion 5th Mark of Mission
Living the 5th Mark of Mission - from the Anglican Alliance
In her Wycliffe 2022 convocation address, world renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe (who received the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters honoris causa) began by citing statistics that pointed to the fact that a majority of people today are worried about climate change. "People don't need more science," she observed, "they need hope." Reminding the new graduates that fear—which can paralyze us—is not from God, she quoted Scripture, "Love casts out fear." "Who and what does the world need now?" she asked. "The answer is you." She concluded her address with a challenge to her listeners that we must act with power, in love, and with a sound mind. "That is exactly what people most need today."
Read the Parish of St. Mary, York, series: Faith in Action: Building HOPE for tomorrow in the face of climate change (follow the "Other" link)
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All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee. (1 Chronicles 29)
Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture? (Ezekiel 34:18)
The earth is created, sustained and redeemed by Christ. We cannot claim to love God while abusing what belongs to Christ by right of creation, redemption and inheritance. We care for the earth and responsibly use its abundant resources, not according to the rationale of the secular world, but for the Lord’s sake. If Jesus is Lord of all the earth, we cannot separate our relationship to Christ from how we act in relation to the earth. For to proclaim the gospel that says ‘Jesus is Lord’ is to proclaim the gospel that includes the earth, since Christ’s Lordship is over all creation. Creation care is thus a gospel issue within the Lordship of Christ.
- Cape Town Commitment (Third Lausanne Congress, 2010)