An Invitation from Our Bishops to Participate in the Baptismal Covenant for Creation Study
Your bishops and the members of the Baptismal Covenant Working Group invite you to be one of the parishes of our Diocese that explores new language for the BaptismalCovenant – expanding the language to include an explicit commitment to caring for God’s creation. This is a follow-up to a resolution passed last October at our Annual Convention. That resolution, and other details, are linked here.
I commend this exploration to you and I hope that you choose to be one of the parishes that tries on this idea. I received this document – this powerful witness – from the Working Group as I returned from my sabbatical and was deeply moved by its voice.
Having prayerfully walked the beach during a raging storm in Gloucester, Massachusetts while I was on retreat during the month of January, lived in eco-friendly Costa Rica while I was studying Spanish in February, and had the opportunity to renew my baptismalpromises in the muddy waters of the Jordan River in March, I felt held not only by the Lord and the prayers of the Diocese while I was away, but held by the beauty of God’s creation.
The verses offered hereto for your consideration speak to the commitment we are called to offer to God’s creation, a commitment I believe God has called us to and we would be remiss in ignoring that call. The Glory of God is revealed every day in the air we breathe and this glorious land – this land we are blessed to inhabit.
If you would like to be included in this study project, please contact Jody Rodiger by May 1 so we can keep track of your parish.
Blessings and peace to you as you embark on this ministry,
The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens
The Rt. Rev. James E. Curry