PLAYING THE GREEN CARD:
Schori's Easter Message
By Canon Gary L'Hommedieu
"When atmospheric warming, due in part to the methane output of the millions of cows we raise each year to produce hamburger, begins to slowly drown the island homes of our neighbors in the South Pacific, are we truly sharing good news?"
(The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Message for Easter 2008)
Well, there you have it, the "resurrection" proclamation of the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. According to her message, the only thing "rising" is methane gas from cow patties (in their "pre-hamburger" state, if you catch my drift). At least we can be thankful that it's not the same old "bull" from the National Church office. The Lady Primate is unearthing still another treasure from the era of gender equality.
The Schori Easter message has a pretty good point. She makes a fair and intelligent link between the so-called Baptismal Covenant of the 1979 Prayer Book and the call for Christians to exercise biblical stewardship over creation. As she put it, "We are beginning to be aware of the ways in which our lack of concern for the rest of creation results in death and destruction for our neighbors." Ouch! That smarts a bit, as indeed it should. Furthermore, she makes her case on a sound theological basis. "We cannot love our neighbors unless we care for the creation that supports all our earthly lives."
Good point. Now for the application: the rest at Virtueonline image