“Caring for Creation”
A paper entitled: Extract from the Conference given by Guillermo Kerber, at the World Council of Churches, Geneva, on 06/05/2013” was distributed for personal reading and reflection.
The participants were asked to go deeper in their reflection:
What touches me and why ? What is the prophetic call now?
After personal reflection, there was a plenary session.
Some of the feedbacks were as follows:
- Creation is a gift of God and it is part of me. Harmony and balance in creation are necessary.
- Respect and care for the earth… incarnated prayer for creation.
- The old and new testament call me to the Contemplation of God to the appreciation of all the Gift God gave to me.
- I pray that governments will protect creation. We all have the responsibility to protect creation not only for now but for the future generations
- All countries need to do more for care of the planet … both rich and poor countries
- My call is to be more connected with creation; Creation is an icon of the face of God.
Then the sisters were asked to formulate some priorities in relation to creation.
The following are some points presented:
- Conservation of resources eg. energy, water etc
- Action and advocacy
- Don’t waste water
- Use public transport
- Avoid using plastic bags
- Renew, reuse recycle
In the afternoon we reviewed the three days on justice and tried to come to a consensus on key words that will give direction for the future.
The following is a sample of keywords:
- Listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of people living in poverty.
- Transformation into Christ.
- Promote human dignity
- Promote Reconciliation
- Thirst for the absolute
- Careful use of resources
- pray to protect the creation of God
- Respond to congregational requests for prayer and action
- Promote friendship and inter-religious dialogue
- See the face of God in others
- Renew recycle reuse
- Use action and advocacy
- Recognize creation as a living icon of the face of God
We continued with a reflection on the gospel of Mark: The Syrophoenician Woman - Mark 7:24-30
We dramatized the gospel scenes and afterward shared our reflections.
The day finished with a word of thanks to sister Hedwig.