Most of the time I live day-to-day, thinking about what must be done or where I have to be. Setting aside time to think about the bigger picture is difficult and, in periods of uncertainty, really anxiety producing. My favored response has been to make trips to the library to check out several English style mysteries that I read back-to-back. However, in the face of our climate crisis, I am moved to action. As part of making changes I am reading Andrea Cohen-Kiener’s book Claiming Earth as Common Ground published in 2009. Andrea Cohen-Kiener is currently rabbi of Temple Israel in Greenfield. She is an environmental activist and her book is about addressing the climate crisis by working together through our faith traditions. In the introduction she writes:
“Humanity is facing a collective brush with mortality. It is time for us to reflect, as Noah did before the cataclysm in his time, on what we truly need. In the face of this sobering challenge, we must look toward a new beginning and make it a reality.
Environmental problem solving usually encompasses some element of self-denial, of less. I believe that if we rebalance our spiritual and material hungers, our environmental repair may yield a time of more--much more: more connections, more wisdom, and more abundance. I invite all hands on deck to steer the ship around this iceberg and set sail for a safer harbor.”
The Green Team is grateful to share the voyage toward a more sustainable environment with you and proud of the changes we are making as individuals and as a parish. We are at the beginning; grant us strength and courage to love and serve God with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.
-Ella Ingraham, for the Green Team
We hope to help our community become stewards of creation.