Romans 8:19 For the Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.
Isaiah 55: 12-13 . . .The mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. . . All this will be a memorial for the Lord, a sign that for all time will not be cut off.
Psalm 96:12 Let the Earth be Glad
Psalm 96:10,12 The Lord Reigns. . . Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy.
Psalm 104: 25, 30 In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond numberliving things both large and small. . . When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the earth.
Ezekiel 34: 17, 18 As for you, my flock. . . .Is it not enough for you to feed on good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet?
Leviticus 26: 3-4,6 If you follow in my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. . . and I will grant peace in the land.
Ezekiel 34:18-19 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; and to drink of clear water, that you must foul the rest with your feet?
Psalm 19: 1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
Job 12:7-10 But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all humanity.
Dn. 3: 74-81
The changes that are now needed in society are at a level that stirs religious passions. The debate will be a religious one whether that is made explicit or not. The whole understanding of reality and the orientation to it are at stake....[The solutions will be created by] those who can draw forth these deepest energies of the centered self and give them shape and direction. Getting there, if it happens at all, will be religious event...
Annual conference in Assisi Italy, by CRLE and St. Thomas University :
"The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects." Thomas Berry
All human institutions, professions, programs and activities must now be judged by the extent to which they inhibit, ignore, or foster a human and Earth relationship. Thomas BerryFaced with the widespread destruction of the environment, people everywhere are coming to understand that we cannot continue to use the goods of the earth as we have in the past. . .[A} new ecological awareness is beginning to emerge. . . . The ecological crisis is a moral issue. (Pope John Paul II, The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility [December 6, 1989] nos. 1,15).
Ancient faith traditions are engaging a new world historical challenge here, in a way which is both strengthening the cause of environmental sustainability and justice and renewing religious life itself. Paul Gorman, Ex.Dir. NRPE
What must it mean, now and henceforth, to be religious, in light of the condition of Gods creation at human hands? Youve got to measure pace of response against the magnitude of that question. Paul Gorman (There is a River: Judeo-Christian Faiths Face the Earth in CrisisAn Interview with Paul Gorman by Peter Warshall. Whole Earth, Winter 1997, p. 13. This is an excellent special issue called The Earth in Crisis: Religions New Test of Faith.)
We are the generation of choice. We still have a choice to halt the destruction, the ravaging of the earth. We are the generation that could stand in harms way and beÜ those who preserve Gods creation for future generations.
Rabbi Alexander Schindler, President, Union of American Hebrew Congregations
The growing possibility of our destroying ourselves and the world with our own neglect and excess is tragic and very real.
[T]he Earth is ultimately a common heritage, the fruits of which are for the benefit of all. . . It is manifestly unjust that a privileged few should continue to accumulate excess goods, squandering available resources, while masses of people are living in conditions of misery at the very lowest level of existence. Today, the dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness both individual and collective are contrary to the order of creation, an order which is characterized by mutual interdependence.
We need a new system of values, a system of the organic unity between humankind and nature and the ethic of global responsibility. Mikhail Gorbachev
The adoption of statements on the environment by church councils and assemblies is important. But unless every local congregation actually carries out sound environmental practices in its buildings and in the homes of the members, these statements are worthless. Care of the earthour mandate from the Creatoris the responsibility of us all.
To be effective, education and action on environmental issues must begin at the congregational or parish level. These groups can assess local needs or problems and hopefully work in ecumenical collaboration toward solutions.
Caring for and healing the environment is the most telling mandate of the bible, both old and new testament, as well as from the writing of the church fathers of the early church this caring and healing process must be at the core of congregational workings on the environment, because it is essentially what it means to be a Christian.
If we are ever able to stop destroying our environment, it will be because person by person we decide, by Gods grace, to turn aside from greed and materialism. It will be because we learn that joy and fulfillment come through right relationship with God, neighbor and earth, not an ever escalating demand for more and more material consumption. Nowhere is that more possible than in local congregations that combine prayer and action, worship and analysis, deep personal love for the Creator and for the Creators garden.
The Reverend Dr. William R. Phillippe, Executive Director, General Assembly Council, Presbyterian Church USA
The challenge before the religious community in America is to make every congregationevery church synagogue and mosquetruly greena center of environmental study and action. That is their religious duty.
What people do about their ecology depends on what they think about themselves in relation to things around them. Human ecology is deeply conditioned by beliefs about our nature and destinythat is, by religion. Lynn White (From a basic article for considering the relationship of religion and ecology, that has been debated since it came out: White Lynn. The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis. In Western Man and Environmental Ethics, ed by Ian G. Barbour. Reading Mass: Addison-Westly Pub, Co. 1973, p. 24.)
The ecological crisis has provided the perfect vehicle for finally unleashing the powers of spirituality. Michael Tobias Ecologist, author, filmmaker
And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be at home.
Andrew Schmookler, The Illusion of Choice
People should recognize that it is necessary to have a political force in order to get the changes that are needed to save the global system from grave danger, and actions that contribute to this are extremely valuable. Environmental groups will be glad to provide the necessary information to mount a credible and successful action.
The effort of religious groups, based on moral conviction, rather than immediate self interest is likely to have a disproportionate effect in the political arena on behalf of the environment."
From The Second Creation Story: Redefining the Bond Between Religion and Ecology, Sierra Magazine, Nov/Dec. 1998:
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." Rachel Carson
When civilization stands at the edge of a cliff, a step forward doesnt make much sense. Denis HayesFrom Thoreaus Walking:
" I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit.Ü In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society. But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily shake off the village."