Week 2

Our Destruction of God’s Creation

Opening Prayer:
 Canticle of the Sun by St. Francis

Overview:  Class began with people sharing favorite scripture passages, readings, poems and quotations about the wonders of creation (see Week 1 for details).  We then turned our attention to the destruction of God’s creation by watching a National Geographic video about the causes and effects of climate change.  We discussed the various ways we contribute to climate change, including a vibrant discussion of the effect of raising meat for our consumption on climate change.  We ended with a discussion about carbon fasts and calculating our carbon footprint for homework.

Lenten Carbon Fast Resources:

Homework:  Calculate your family’s carbon footprint at the Nature Conservancy’s website

Closing Prayer:  Prayer for the Future of the Human Race (BCP at 828)

O God our heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth:
Increase our reverence before the mystery of life;
and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race,
and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.