Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Read PEC's Spring Update Now!

PEC's Spring Update is Here!

Moderator's Message

“BE BOLD” is a theme that is prominent in Earth Care Advocacy as 2014 unfolds. It is a theme we might listen for as we awaken from the long winter and refresh and reengage ourselves in our ministry as spring (finally) approaches.

 We hear BOLD in the theme of the 2014 PEC Lenten reflections, “Advocating for Environmental and Social Justice”, as we hear the words of Isaiah, Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! (Isaiah 58:1). I am grateful for all those who have shared in this set of reflections, from Ash Wednesday through Earth DaySunday on April 27 (the Sunday after Easter.) The offerings submitted are food for thought and action particularly pertinent to our faith-based ministry.

We hear BOLD in the voices of those who have written and concurred with overtures for the 2014 General Assembly. Those overtures currently include “On Divestment from Fossil Fuel Companies”, “Importance of Sustainable Development and the Precautionary Principle”, “On Food Sovereignty for All”, and the overture on coal transport and export. A great deal of work and ‘boldness’ has gone into these overtures, and it will be very exciting to watch as the process of enlightenment and engagement enfolds up to, through, and after GA 2014.

There is excitement and BOLDness as the 2014 PEC Advocacy Team looks toward new ways of resourcing and supporting work in creation care particularly in areas of climate change, sustainable development, in caring for water, soil, air. We continue to partner with Fossil Free PCUSA as divestment from fossil fuels sparks fiery and important conversations!

BE BOLD, holding fast to the words from Isaiah 58:8,Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 

Let us pray for vision, creativity, and strength as we re-engage in 2014 toward deeper and meaningful eco-justice!

Holding Fast Together,

Diane Waddell, Moderator of Presbyterians for Earth Care


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