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Assorted eco-justice essays by Rev. Peter Sawtell
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"I'm deeply concerned about the health of the Christian church in the US.Interesting quote in this essay, by (the Rev.) Freda Moosehunter:
"I would like to buy three dollars' worth of God, please. Not enough to explore my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don't want enough God to make me love an Indian or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy three dollars' worth of God please.""Why Should I Care?"
"... Caring about extinctions requires that we be touched by the enormity and the abnormality of what is happening. Of all social institutions, our churches have a special calling to foster caring and compassion. We can touch our people's hearts and minds."Do You Want Fries With That?"
"...In our efforts at pastoral care and physical health for our communities, and in our efforts at economic justice and environmental sustainability, we must not let the powerful hide from accountability. We must name and address the influence of advertising and modern marketing techniques.""Beasts in the Bible"
"... But to quote two verses from this passage without context and without interpretation opens the door to distorted understandings about how God calls us to live in the world.""How Much Is That Puppy In the Window?"
"...Congregations and denominations come to different decisions about moral and legislative questions on animal rights. As always, churches cover a wide range of theological and ethical perspectives. But the simple fact that we are treating puppy factories and chicken farms as serious moral questions is a positive indicator about a shifting sense in the churches about humanity's relationship with the rest of creation.""Necessary Work in the Church"