Covenant for Creation

The Seattle Times editorial columnist, Lance Dickie, reports in A Covenant to take care of the Creator’s handiwork:

Fifteen years after the pioneering Earth Ministry was founded in Seattle to link religion and the environment, the nation’s attention will be drawn back to the city toward another, potentially broader spiritual awakening.

Next April, the national Episcopal Church will team with Episcopalians in Western Washington to host a conference to launch a multifaith campaign on climate change.

At the event, the Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will invite national organizations of Christians, Jews and Muslims to commit to reducing the carbon footprint of their churches, temples and mosques by a minimum of 50 percent by 2015.

The audacious idea was unveiled in Seattle two weeks ago at a four-day interfaith gathering to explore the role and responsibility of religion in caring for the Earth. Bishop Steven Charleston, president and dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., closed out the session with a sermon that laid out the concept and the challenge.

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