Stewards of Creation

Jul 24, 2018

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

At the beginning of the Book of Genesis, God entrusts all of creation to our care. We became not only part of Creation, but its stewards. It seems all my life people have argued over the environment. Whether it was the true effects of pollution, a weeping native American (who was actually an Italian actor), the battle over the uses and abuse of earth’s resources, and now whether "global warming" is man-made or part of a natural cycle. I guess if you argue the latter, then you have to accept that the extinction of humanity might be part of the natural plan.  Of course there has always been, and always will be, those who live in complete denial. Those who said we could never hunt an animal into extinction, or never run out of trees or oil or now water. But the sad truth is that even though water makes up 70-75% of the earth's surface, there are communities even within our own nation who have to rely on bottled water. For those of us who take our tap water for granted, that should be quite a shock. And of course, there are those who simply consider it somebody else's problem, as they throw their trash on the ground, or their cigarette butt into the Grand Canyon (true story).

Our National Park system is one of our nation’s greatest treasures. I am constantly dismayed that people would go to a NP to appreciate the beauty, only to throw their trash on the ground, into a waterfall, or deep in a rainforest. Perhaps they expect their mother to follow them around and pick it up. Some even drop candy wrappers and other items on the floor of God’s House. 

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, we are the stewards of Creation and we need to take better care of it. To that end, I would like us to make some efforts in our own little corner of the vineyard. There are two things I believe we can do with relative simplicity, both here at the church and in your homes.  First is conservation. The simple act of turning off a light or a faucet can save a lot. It also can reduce our/your water and electric bill. I heard recently that running the faucet while brushing your teeth uses 7 gallons of water on average. Turning off lights, especially when you are not in a room only makes sense. The old notion that it uses more electricity turning a light on and off is a myth. The other item is recycling paper, plastic and aluminum. Aluminum is a no brainer since it’s a money for cans process, but I can't tell you how many cans I see in the trash, even in my own house, and the trash can is right next to the recycle bin. Ugh!

Paper is the big one for us as a parish We go through a lot of paper. Just our bulletins, worship aids, and inserts are a lot of paper. Not to mention all of the newspapers, including the Review and The American. While no one is lining up to buy our used paper, there are nearby places that will accept it for recycling. There are bins right next to the MLK firehouse. All it really requires is a little bit of time and effort to place used paper in a separate bin and occasionally take it over to MLK.

I would like to see a commitment to this conservation effort from each and every one of us. It gets discouraging when you are trying to make a difference and you see someone throw a can in the trash or trash on the ground. We have placed blue and/or gray recycle bins throughout our property. Please use them. If you would like to help with this undertaking, or you have some useful ideas that might help, please contact one of our Parish Council members.

(NOTE: This column is pretty much the same column I wrote last July. Let’s see if we can actually make a difference this year. Thank you for helping to keep God’s Creation healthy and beautiful.)

 

Fr Rick