Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Climate and Advent

Roots and relationships have a lot to do with rites or rituals.

During Advent, a time of anticipation and waiting to observe the birth of Jesus the Christ, we walked our way along Van Dyke Avenue on Detroit's east side south to our parish church of St. Thomas the Apostle.

That became a rite of origin.

Rite, rituals are like habits, good practices, strengths, virtues.

Rites become ways of doing things and marking special seasons.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, began with the season of Advent this year.

Climate change is happening.

It is far from Advent waiting, watching.

Greenhouse gas emissions need reducing.

Catholic Relief Services in Guatemala, for example, are helping with agriculture and its adapting to unpredictable weather. Farmers diversify crop planting and soil practices and production, in turn.

Interfaith Power and Light unite in a Carbon Covenant. It fosters rapport with congregations in the Global North and South to mitigate global warming's influence and deforestation.

Religion does a world of good in union with faith traditions.

Harnessing the power of faith with challenges of climate change is something we do not wait for.

Conversion of heart calls for change not. Climate change included.

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