“The earth is the Lord’s...” — Psalm 24
On Sept. 26 a group of
Ministries of conservation and care of the earth abound in
• Wood Institute, strengthening rural ministries
• The Society of St. Andrew, saving produce that would be wasted
• Outdoor Christian education at Camps Lake Stephens and Wesley Pines
• 4-H, cultivating connection to the earth among the young
• Farmers’ Markets, 41 strong across Mississippi, inviting all to eat “local”
• Recycling efforts in congregations and communities
• Community and urban gardening
• Highway clean-up efforts
The reality is this: We put more fossil fuel in our refrigerators than in our cars. The food items on our tables have traveled an average of 1,500 miles to arrive there. If American families ate “local” (not McDonald’s on the corner but food grown within the community), 1.1 million barrels of oil would be saved each week.
Let us increase our care for the earth, the soil under our feet, the air we breathe, the water we receive to drink. Let us grow in our appreciation for growing things, for creatures that swim and fly and crawl and run and hope. Let us increase our awe before the grandeur of mountains and seascapes, the majesty of forests and the beauty of flowering plants. Let us be delighted in the diversity and glory of all creation.
Consider the difference 1,145 United Methodist congregations can make in