June 5 - 11, 2006
Stewards have to pay close attention
The church meeting began at 7 p.m. and seemed to go a little
bit long. But it couldn't have been that long, I figured, because there was
still plenty of daylight when I walked to my car. So I was really surprised when
the dashboard clock revealed it was nearly 9 p.m.
So light out, so late? It seemed as if it was only weeks ago that the sky was
dark at 7 p.m. when the meetings began.
It's amazing how quickly we adapt to a changing reality that we fail to notice
even profound changes, so long as they happen slowly enough.
Such has been one problem in convincing people that global warming is real. Or
that environmental problems pose as much of a threat as they really do. We seem
to be adapting to the new reality because it's happening too slowly to catch us.
Scientists have been gathering old photographs of the Rocky Mountains to
show just how much less the snow-pack is nowadays. Long-time residents, who have
been aware of the change but not the extent, are flabbergasted.
When you look at how the human organism is reacting to incremental environmental
changes, we see how slow adaptation blunts the effect of changes that over the
long term are quite profound. When I was a boy in the 60s and 70s, nobody
talked about peanut allergies, and now fatal reactions to nuts are widespread
enough to require scary warning labels on food and for some kitchens to ban nut
But the peanut allergy thing happened slowly enough so people have the
impression that large numbers of children always had allergies to peanuts. Or
asthma. Or ADD. Or autism. Or for that matter, that large numbers of older
adults had Alzheimer's disease.
As stewards of God's creation, we are called to use the earth's resources wisely
and to protect it from pollution that can harm life. But first that means
opening our eyes, cleaning out our ears and sharpening our minds. The days
are getting longer, but only for a few more weeks.
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was right: We must clean up after ourselves
"We think that
we can continue to pollute until we run out of fossil fuels or until a
cleaner source of energy comes along, and then we can clean it all up and
everything will be fine. Christians do not have a great track record when
it comes to taking care of the environment."
Click here for this column from
Pastor Dana Reardon.
Click here to peruse columns from her
New Jersey Synod
great website for congregational stewardship got a lot better recently
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Mainline congregations. Moreover, they are organized into neat categories
and accessible via handy pull-down menus.
Click here for the Stewardship Page
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Where your treasure is, your heart will be also
our lives we want to desperately hold on to what we have -- people,
relationships, material possessions, power, prestige, and even money. And
we don't want anyone else to tell us what to do with any of them. We tend
to think they are ours to have and to hold from this time forth and
forever more. But these are only temporary."
Click here for "Where your treasure
is." Inspirational reading from the Rev. Kristi Beebe in
The Lutheran Laity Movement Archives.
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