The latest monthly letter from our Minister, Revd David Hookins.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As many of us prepare for our holidays we may have some pangs of conscience as the damage we do to the world is increasingly in our news, whether that be global warming or single use plastic. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that we are doing lasting damage to our home, Earth.
Sadly, some find support for the exploitation of the planet’s resources in Genesis 1.28: ‘God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’’ (NRSV).
Subduing and domination of nature were themes which appealed to people who were at the mercyof flood and earthquake, wild animals, venomous snakes and insects, and a host of other terrors known and unknown. Many of these have now been subdued and our dominion has put them at far greater risk than their risk to us.
Various initiatives remind us of our responsibility to be caring stewards of the environment. The report ‘Hope in God’s Future’ gives an understanding from a Methodist, Baptist and URC perspective. The campaign ‘Plastic Free July’ will challenge those who provide single use plastics.The Eco Church movement seeks to demonstrate that the Gospel is good news for God’s earth.
As we enjoy our holidays may we also enjoy the goodness of the earth where God has placed us and seek ways to redress the damage we have done.
The Three Church Holiday Club will be running again this year, from 12th-16thAugust. We are grateful to all those who have offered to help and those who will be inconvenienced because of the use of our premises. This is a valuable event in our mission and outreach calendar, if you would like to be involved please let Linda Hayman know.
I hope that your get the rest and recuperation you need and get space to discover theGod who loves you and all creation.
Your brother in Christ,