It all started in the garden. This is also the case for Geoff, his faith in action is about caring for the climate and assisting communities to plant trees. What is your entry point or starting point for engaging with the issue of climate justice?
Read the passage twice – have someone read it aloud and then individually in silence.
1. What words or ideas jump of the page?
2. What relationships can you identify in this passage?
3. Dominion (vs 28) is a difficult word in climate justice theology: In 1967, Lynn White Jr shocked many by arguing that a Western theology of ‘dominion’ had fuelled an ecological crisis1. How do you understand the word dominion and humanity’s relationship with creation?
4. Sabbath is often considered a more helpful idea in climate justice theology: ‘[Sabbath] shows us the importance of restorative action for those whom the system impoverishes and the need to moderate the demands we make on ourselves and our environment in the relentless pursuit of production.’2 What role might the idea of Sabbath rest play in the journey to climate justice?
Dr. Rowan Williams, chair of Christian Aid, says we need to regain a sense that our relationship to the earth is about ‘communion not consumption’. What does that look like in practice? How will you live in communion with creation this week?
1Song of the prophets: A global theology of climate change. Christian Aid, 2020. https://www.christianaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-05/song-of-the-prophets-theology-climate-change-report-May2020.pdf
2 An unquenchable thirst: faith and economic growth. Christian Aid, 2017https://www.christianaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/2018-01/An-Unquenchable-Thirst-Dec2017.pdf