Eco House

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Bird's nest

What sort of things might these eggs make you think about?

John

Earth Matters

Prayers for the Earth

To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

In this space, we suggest various options for prayer on mission in relation to the environment. We also offer our own meditation on the words of the fifth mark of mission. Each section of the meditation has a prayer, a picture to think about and something to do. You can use just the words, just the pictures or just the activities if you prefer, depending on how you would like to engage prayerfully with the issues raised by the house and this space in particular.

Thoughts, ideas and actions could be put down in your notebook, journal or blog, or you might want to imagine putting objects into your rucksack as you decide on any changes you want to make in your life as you pray your way through this space.

John

1 - To strive…

God, creator of the universe,

Fill us with your love for the creation,
for the natural world around us,
for the earth from which we come
and to which we will return.

Awake in us energy to work for your world;
let us never fall into complacency, ignorance,
or being overwhelmed by the task before us.
Help us to restore, remake, renew.

Amen

Activity

Contemplation from Sharing God’s Planet

Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for a period. Your attitude is one of self-sacrifice, and this begins with the sacrifice of time and other worldly commitments. Sit with your eyes closed and your body still and upright. Take some time to find a comfortable but upright position. When your body is still and at rest, watch the movements of your mind, and allow all the thoughts that are passing just to pass. See them as being like traffic, just passing through. Don’t latch on to any of them, but don’t try and exclude them either. Let them, and everything else that is happening outside, just be. Rest there, without adding anything, just allowing everything for at least ten minutes. You are like Mary, who was content to wait on the Lord. ‘Be it unto me according to Thy word’ (Luke 1.38). Now gently let your attention rise up and outwards. Open your eyes. Contemplate what is before them from the divine love that may have touched you.

Sharing God's Planet, Church House Publishing 2005, p.27

Continue: 2 - To Safeguard
© CTBI and MTAG 2011

Navigating the pathways

You have a number of pathways through the various spaces of this house:

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

Welcome

Opening challenge to learn more about mission and care for creation with some introductory material to think about.

Scripture passages with questions

  • Genesis 1. 26-31
  • Romans 8.18-21
  • Genesis 6.11-21
Also:
  • Earth Abbey resources
  • Jubilee Centre resources

Images

Pictures of extinct and endangered animals; conservation issues

Gift-giving and baggage dumping

A chance to review what gifts you bring to the topic or what things to leave behind. A chance for confession or saying sorry and to make new commitments

Quote, unquote

What people have been saying about climate change and care for the planet. With questions to consider.

Prayers

A series of prayers, images and activities for meditation on the words of the fifth mark of mission
Also links to other prayer resources

Resources

Books and online resources for self study and online research

Diary/blog

A chance to review notes or entries you have made and to read others thoughts about the topic

Theology

Theologians writing on care for creation: Dave Bookless, The Ecumenical Patriarch and Claire Foster. With questions to consider.

Hymns and other music

Suggestions for listening to natural sounds, hymns, psalms, Taizé chants, classical, popular music and new music on the theme of care of creation

Films, Music

Films to watch, music tracks and clips with an ecological theme

Footsteps of Jesus

  • Consider the lilies Matthew 6. 25-34
  • The Storm
  • Matthew 8.23-27
  • The Fig Tree
  • Mark 11.12-14; 20-21

Conversation and Dialogue

Listening to people talking about the environment, including: a group of theologians and scientists talking to ARocha, Jeremy Clarkson and David Shreeve.

Reflections and Story telling

  • Can the earth sustain 7 billion people?
  • What about food security for people?
  • What about health?
  • Reflections from Sharing God's Planet
Reflections from Sharing God's Planet

Hospitality

A recipe for a meal and suggestions for hospitality, trying new things

Exit: Dispossession

Final review of what may have changed in using the resource. A few ideas about what to take away, or how to live differently, or to do more in future, and a chance to leave feedback
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