Posted by: tedgar110 | November 11, 2008

Ecumenism and Ecojustice

I hope this isn’t too redundant but I must take this opportunity to follow up on Jordan’s comments on ecumenism. As mentioned in the last post, I have also been attending the New Fire conference here in Denver and though I find myself learning a great deal about ecumenism and reflecting on change and the role of young adults in this current climate, I cannot help but reflect upon ecumenism and ecojustice.

Having worked in this movement for 2 years, the question has never been can we come together around these important moral issues but how can we come together more effectively. I have benefited from the great work done by those who came before us – those who have identified our common ground and the issues that the church has agreed are more important to address as a unified body than ignore because of our differences. All of the denominations in the NCC are committed to preventing the worst impacts of global climate change and this is reflected at the local, state and national level.

As we have discussed and debated our differences and thought about the ways to live out and look past these differences, I realize that is our commitment to Christ and his call to protect and provide for the least of these and be good stewards of God’s Creation that often result in the best examples of ecumenism. From candle light vigils to demand action on climate change to harvest celebrations that provide money and food for those living in poverty, we are truly ecumenical when we are loving all of God’s Creation.

Our unity around our call to address climate change is vital if we, as a society, are going to prevent the worst of the worst from happening while protecting those who are most vulnerable – and this is not something any one denomination can do on their own. We have to work together to be successful and ensure justice and stewardship and regardless of our theological interpretations, we have accepted this and embraced it and because of that we will succeed. This effort is one of the best examples of ecumenism that I have seen and I hope that it can serve as a model for continuing to find that which binds us so that we work for a more sustainable and just future for all.

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