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Stewardship of Creation Committee -- What does “dominion” mean?

Posted by: Chelsea Badeau on Sun, Mar 6, 2011

Since its reconstitution in November 2010, Summit’s Stewardship for Creation Committee has wrestled with these theological, scientific and political questions so as to understand God’s will and learn how to act justly and sensibly. Although under new leadership, we continue to draw inspiration from Rev. Burt Froom’s pioneering efforts on this committee. Joining with the community for advocacy, we will be a co-sponsor of the Interfaith Green Fair on May 1, 1-5, at Germantown Friends Meeting. Also, Cheryl Pyrch joined preachers from around the country in a “preach-in” on Global Warming February 13th. Dozens of members also signed letters to our Senators encouraging them to both pass a climate bill and to protect the EPA’s right to begin regulating carbon emissions. Our next meeting is Sunday, March 13th, after church. Please join us! Call chair Marguerite Spencer at 215-242-2284 or marguerite-spencer@yahoo.com for more information.

Stewardship of Creation Committee
What does “dominion” mean?

In Genesis 1, God says: “Let us make mankind in our image, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” continues:  “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”

Does this mean the earth is for our use or that we have only been given the momentous responsibility to take care of the earth?  What is the actual nature and degree of the threat industrialization poses to these creations? How should wealthier individuals and countries that consume a disproportionate portion of the earth’s resources relate to the poor who are more vulnerable to these environmental threats? 

Since its reconstitution in November 2010, Summit’s Stewardship for Creation Committee has wrestled with these theological, scientific and political questions so as to understand God’s will and learn how to act justly and sensibly. Although under new leadership, we continue to draw inspiration from Rev. Burt Froom’s pioneering efforts on this committee.

To educate/remind members of what individuals can do to preserve the environment, we have republished household recycling tips.  Thanks to Mary Stoddart’s leadership and follow-through, church bulletins and coffee hour utensils are now disposed of in newly labeled bins in the sanctuary and hall.  With our committee’s endorsement, church trustees have approved setting aside money for tools to more efficiently manage energy consumption by the church building. 

Joining with the community for advocacy, we will be a co-sponsor of the Interfaith Green Fair on May 1, 1-5, at Germantown Friends Meeting.  Also, Cheryl Pyrch joined preachers from around the country in a “preach-in” on Global Warming February 13th.  Dozens of members also signed letters to our Senators encouraging them to both pass a climate bill and to protect the EPA’s right to begin regulating  carbon emissions.

 Our next meeting is Sunday, March 13th, after church.  Please join us!  Call chair Marguerite Spencer at 215-242-2284 or marguerite-spencer@yahoo.com for more information. 

 

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