Eco House

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John

Earth Matters

Going, Going, Gone…

Imagine this space as a kind of Noah's Ark. Here we think about what we can do to preserve the biodiversity of the planet and try to find out what human beings need to do to keep the homes and habitats of animals and plants and to understand what we have already done to damage the places where they should live and flourish as God intends. First, however, you are invited to look at some images of creatures that have recently gone extinct and to consider the impact of their loss and the manner of their passing. You are then invited to look at some of the living things on our planet which are on the brink of extinction.

Although extinction is a natural process, and mass extinctions have taken place before, many recent extinctions are different because we are directly responsible for making it impossible for animals and plants to continue to live and thrive. These creatures are dying, or have died because human beings have hunted them out of existence, ruined their habitats, interrupted their food chain or otherwise made it impossible for them to survive and flourish. Do we care? How do you think God feels about the destruction of parts of the creation?

John

Notes

If you are doing this with a group you might like to make copies of the pictures and put them up around your own group space.

You might like to make a note of your thoughts about these creatures in your journal, notebook or blog, or consider what memories of our fragile planet you could carry with you in your rucksack.

Continue: see some extinct / near extinct life
Return: let me see other houses to explore
© CTBI and MTAG 2012

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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