Encouraging words from Pope Francis at his installation service:francis

We are all called to be protectors: “It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world… It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.”

Francis called on “all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life” to be protectors of creation: “To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope … Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world.”

Taken from a FaceBook post by Dave Bookless A Rocha International

To hear such environmentally supportive language from the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics is encouraging. To suggest the role, for all of us, but especially for the world’s leaders, of protector is timely, appropriate and essential. Now to the stretagy.

How do folks move beyond a conservationist appreciation of nature/creation to a truly transformative process? I often turn to the principalities and powers of Ephesians 6 for inspiration. Forces collude–to keep things the way they are, unless there is a gospel re-ordering of things. Corporations, governments, investors, local leaders, individuals, churches, faith communities need to do things differently. The work is not easy, and there will be resistance. Brace yourself!

Just this morning, another example crossed my desk, this time in West Papua, Indonesia. A colleague wrote:

I find myself this Lent in a new place – my attention has been grabbed by the 50 year saga of West Papua – another story of resource extraction transnationals, together with the Indonesian govt who benefits, destroying the indigenous people and the environment. Even the UN avoids addressing the issue.

Here we go again . . . So we study the situation . . . We investigate in order to advocate, and consider our own connections with such activity, as investors, travellers, as members of various networks.

Here’s a link to Pedaling For Papua, a great initiative from Jeremy, from Western Canada, a totally motivated activist who puts a personal face on a nasty situation. Very cool.

See his video clip at

What do you think?



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