Posted by: NCC Poverty Initiative Director | February 21, 2012

Cross on my Forehead, Future Generations on My Mind.

In many traditions, the ashes used on Ash Wednesday come from burning the previous year’s Palm Sunday leaves. We recognize, in a very tangible way, that the palms from the previous year go back to dust, back into the soil. Eventually, the nutrients in that dust feed new life: This is the way of God’s world. We also come from dust and to dust we will return.

With a cross on my forehead, I’ve got future generations on my mind: What new life will be nurtured when I am gone?

This question is particularly challenging when the literal dust that sheds from our everyday products carries toxic chemicals that are poisoning the Earth and getting into our bodies. Some chemicals even bio-accumulate, becoming more potent as they move up the food chain; or they are associated with chronic diseases, disabilities, or other health concerns.

This Lent, the National Council of Churches is asking seniors to commit to defend the generations ahead, and to ask peers to do the same.

If you are a senior, click here to speak out.

If you’re not a senior, or if you have already signed the petition, click here to ask other older adults in your life to sign this letter.

Wishing you a blessed Ash Wednesday,



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