Earth Day: What We Need is Here

Sunday we celebrate Earth Day with singing. I’m inspired by the writer William Berry for my meditation, which will include brief thoughts on creation and our role as humanity within the context of nature. I welcome and invite others’ thoughts.

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.

“Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: What we need
is here. And we pray, not
for a new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.

“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.”

Jeffrey Sartain
Executive Minister

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One Response to Earth Day: What We Need is Here

  1. Hazel Lutz says:

    Jeff, are you going to refer to the Old Testament story of Adam naming all the animals? I’ve always thought that story was ripe for interpretation—-the arrogance of naming in human language that which already knows what it is, and the importance of the un-stated underlying meaning behind the words with which we name things.

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