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Cosmology & Eco Justice MGA Cosmology/Eco-justice Committee Report from Newfoundland June 2017
In all our programs this year at the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, using the lens of the Universe Story as depicted in the Cosmic Walk, we have been walking back in time to take the long evolutionary and relational view of who we are and where we are going. Our focus in particular for the remainder of the year will be on water, one of the first elements to flare forth in the universe, the first molecule of life, and which has journeyed through deep millennia to this moment and has become conscious in us humans.
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September has been designated by many Churches and Christian traditions as the Season of Creation in the liturgical year. In 1989 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the world Orthodox Christian community, proclaimed 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and many other Christian Churches have joined in this tradition. Pope Francis officially recognized 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation within the Catholic Church in 2015 and in 2016 he invited Catholics to join in the celebration of the liturgical Season of Creation beginning on 1 September and ending on 4 October (Feast of St Francis of Assisi). In this article I will explore the gospel readings for the four Sundays of the Season of Creation (3, 10, 17 and 24 September). They are all from Matthew’s Gospel and my points will necessarily be brief. This Season of Creation is an opportune time to bring our growing ecological consciousness to all our scriptural readings as well as our liturgy as a whole.
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