SEPT 1: First Global Day of Prayer for Care of the Creation – Reach Out and Touch Someone

Farid de la Ossa
Nature and the Eucharist by Farid de la Ossa

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.
For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
and built it on the ocean depths….
Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors,
and let the King of glory enter.
Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s armies—
he is the King of glory.
–Psalm 24:1-2, 9-10

From John Elwood, our friend and co-conSPIRITor over at Beloved Planet:

Virtually the entire global Christian Church has embraced Tuesday, September 1, as a Global Day of Prayer for Care of the Creation. Patriarch Bartholomew of the Orthodox Communion has long recognized the prayer day; recently, Pope Francis did so for the world’s Roman Catholics; and now, the Protestant World Evangelical Alliance, representing more than 600 million Christians worldwide, and the World Council of Churches have both endorsed the Day of Prayer.

You are invited you to participate in this first truly global response by Christians to our many environmental crises by joining in a Telephonic Prayer Meeting organized by Evangelical Christians engaged in various Creation Care ministries.

When? Tuesday, September 1, 8:00-8:50 PM Eastern, 5:00-5:50 Pacific

Call in instructions: Dial 1-302-202-1106 – Conference code: 381142 (Kindly mute your line upon connecting.)

Who’s involved? Representatives of the World Evangelical Alliance, the Lausanne evangelistic movement’s Creation Care Network, Care of Creation, Climate Caretakers, Sojourners, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, the A Rocha Christian conservation ministry, the Christian Reformed Church, the Presbyterian Church and Christians for the Mountains, among many others.

How can I participate? Download the attached PDF prayer guide and join numerous speakers in scripture readings, devotions and prayer for our world, for repentance, for those in power, and for the church. And forward this email to your friends, small group members, pastors, family members and the like. There’s room for everyone to join in prayer!

Video: ‘Say No to the Pipeline’

Much thanks to Heather Wilson and Cathleen Falsani over at Sojourners for dressing up the video of my speech last week outside at the rally against the Keystone XL pipeline.–Rose

Say NO to the Pipeline from Sojourners on Vimeo.

Sojourners Associate Editor Rose Marie Berger addressed hundreds gathered outside State Department hearings in Washington, D.C. last week, to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

If approved by the Obama administration, the pipeline would transport crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada 1,600 miles south — through the American Heartland — to the oil fields of Texas near the Gulf of Mexico.

In the September/October issue of Sojourners Magazine, environmental activist Bill McKibben called the Keystone proposal, “the ugliest project you’ve probably never heard of.” McKibben, author of The End of Nature and founder of the group 350.org, explained:

And make no mistake — that pipeline is a radical act. It helps unlock the planet’s second-largest pool of carbon, outmatched only by the oil wells of Saudi Arabia. There’s enough carbon up there that if you could burn it all off you’d raise the atmosphere’s carbon concentration from its current 390 parts per million to nearly 600. Even burning a much smaller amount of these tar sands would mean that it’s “essentially game over” for the climate, according to [NASA scientist James] Hansen.
The pipeline is ugly for other reasons too — it trashes native lands and endangers prime American farmland (can you imagine running an oil pipeline atop the Ogallala Aquifer?). But it’s beautiful for one reason: President Obama, all by himself, can stop it. Since it crosses national borders, it requires the man himself to sign a piece of paper saying it’s “in the national interest.”

On Oct. 7, the State Department held its final public hearings on the proposed U.S.-Canada pipeline, including testimony from various activists and faith leaders, such as the Rev. Jacek Orzechowski of the Franciscan Action Network, the Rev. Mari Castellanos of the United Church of Christ, John Elwood of the Evangelical Environmental Network and Joelle Novey of the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light.

C-SPAN has made video of the lengthy hearings (4+ hours) available online. Watch HERE.

A decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is expected from the Obama administration by the end of the year.

The video of Rose Marie Berger was produced by Heather Wilson, associate web developer at Sojourners. Cathleen Falsani, Sojourners’ Web Editor and Director of New Media, also contributed to this report.