Environmental Theology, Part IV

The Rev. Linda Watkins, rector of St. Mary's, Waynesboro, offers a devotional on environmental justice in this, the fourth of four episodes on environmental theology.

Learn more about Green Faith here.

Listen to the first episode here.

Listen to the second episode here.

Listen to the third episode here.

Discussion/Reflection Questions

  1. Read Exodus 3:1- 6. What does this passage say about encountering God? How does Moses react? Share times in which you have encountered God in a surprising way. How have you reacted? Do you have a place that is “holy ground”? Share what it means for you and how you encounter God there.
  2. Read Deuteronomy 8. This is a passage traditionally read on Thanksgiving Day. Reflect on how you have benefited from the blessings of the land and give thanks together. How are we called to “bless the Lord you God for the good land that he has given you”?
  3. Read 1 Corinthians 12. Reflect on this passages rich meaning on: the level of personal health; the level of parish or community health; the level of national and global health. What does this passage help you understand about the word ecology?
  4. Read Matthew 26:26-29 and Luke 3:21-22. Reflect on the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. What does it mean that God uses things of this word as “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace”? What does that say about the importance of the material world (Creation)?