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Earth Matters

Earth songs

In this space, you can use music, hymn singing, meditation, chant or other music to enable reflection on creation and our care for the earth. You might want to listen prayerfully to sounds which remind you of the life of the planet we live on; you might want to sing praise to God for the creation; or use a chant or hymn to offer repentance for the damage we have done to the earth. You may also just want to sit quietly in silent reflection or in contemplation of a candle, or hold a stone. It is up to you how you want to approach this space. You may have ideas about what kind of music you already have or want to use. If you don't, we have a few suggestions for you to try out.

The suggested songs and hymns below are not exhaustive and you can probably think of favourites that are not listed. If you don't find anything you want to use, why don't you have a look through your hymn book or run through the music on your Ipod or other music collection and see if you can identify music which will help you reflect on the creation through music? You might like to make a note in your notebook, journal or blog entry, or to imagine putting CDs or sheet music into your rucksack.

We also include a new song by Linda Currin for you to use if you want to try out something you don't already know. The song is copyright to Linda, but you can download and print off the music free of charge if you want to - see next page.

John

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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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