From our Simpler Living Ministry
It’s quite an understatement to say that many of us are overwhelmed by what’s happening both in and outside the United States: from health concerns and economic woes, climate fears and rumors of war; all resulting in plain exhaustion.
Two offerings from The Book of Common Prayer may begin to bring some comfort and a broader perspective:
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP 824
Almighty and everlasting God, you made the universe with all its marvelous order, its atoms, worlds, and galaxies, and the infinite complexity of living creatures: Grant that, as we probe the mysteries of your creation, we may come to know you more truly, and more surely fulfill our role in your eternal purpose; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP 827
These prayers align with the premise of thisYes! Magazine article by David Korten, which envisions a truly civilized, life-centered civilization:
“The future most of us seek will be an ecological civilization: peaceful, democratic, equitable, sustainable, and dedicated to securing the well-being of people and Earth. Getting there requires a civilizational change.” CLICK HERE to read full article
The Episcopal Public Policy Network has a new Action Alert “Protect Oak Flat from Mining.”
- “Oak Flat, or Chi’chil Biłdagoteel, is a site sacred to the Apache and other tribal communities in Arizona and sits atop a copper deposit. Currently, the federal government plans to transfer the land to a mining company, Resolution Copper, unless Congress takes action. If the land is transferred and copper mining moves forward, the land will be devastated…”
- To learn more and to contact your members of Congress about the need to protect the sacred land of Indigenous peoples, visit the EPPN action alert.