As I approached this
service and read the appointed readings I was struck by the sense of
end times captured there. In our present era it feels as if we are in
the end times. It gives me more sympathy for the writers of these
apocalyptic pieces and helped me decide not to jettison them in
favour of Maya Anjelou or Richard Wagamese as I might otherwise be
tempted to do.
Of apocalytic texts in general, the theologian Ched Myers, who has preached here on a few occasions has this to say:
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“Apocalyptic discourse in the Bible is not about predicting God’s cataclysmic destruction of the world, as so often assumed in popular culture. Rather it expresses the fierce imagination of those who long for the end of destructive oppression by the imperial state. After all, for the poor, the “end of the world” is already and forever being visited upon their communities by soldiers and fortune hunters and police.
Environmental Planner, McKibbon Wakefield Inc.
Let’s pray: may the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our Rock and Redeemer. Amen.
Thank you for the opportunity to deliver this
sermon to you today. This opportunity comes at a perilous time: we
are failing to address the threats arising from a warming climate.
David Wallace-Wells speaks to the dangers facing us in his book
entitled: The Uninhabitable Earthi.
I can summarize his analysis visually as three successively larger
rings each fitting within the other. The inner ring identifies what
is incontrovertible: the world’s climate is warming. This inner
ring is surrounded by a second larger ring, within which he describes
the results of this warming: species lost, wildfire such as that
occurring this weekend in California, extreme weather such as the
winds that are driving the wildfires in California, flooding, rising
sea levels etc. linear results. In the larger third ring are less
well understood and tipping points, loss of agricultural
productivity, permafrost melting, uninhabitable landscapes, failed
societies, climate refugees, etc. non-linear complex tipping points
where the landscape character changes substantially and possibly
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At Holy Trinity, we often recall those who have gone before us. There are many from our local community and beyond who are named in our litany of the Saints. This post landed in my mailbox from the folks at Extinction Rebellion and caught my eye as a beautiful tribute to the many who have paid for their defence of land and water with their lives. And with appreciation for the growing numbers who are defending our common future.
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