Re: Visiting the grandkids, Oct/Nov 2018, p. 18.
I agree with Bishop Greg Mohr when he says that the care of creation is a justice issue.
Christians have to stop seeing humansas having an immortal soul while the “rest of creation” is reduced to a commodity or a thing. We share a unity of life and spirit with all creation and we have a duty of care and justice for all life, all heart and all spirit.
In many places, the Bible teaches us that our soul comes alive when an individual is knitted in the womb but truth be told, the same applies to plants and animals. By the joining of DNA strands from separate parents, nature knits individuals endowed with their own unique characteristics, including the self.
We now also know that sentient animals show intelligence, spirit, heart and personality. Those characteristics cannot be separated from the body and they die when the body dies. That is why we are hoping for resurrection and rightly believe that resurrection encompasses both body and spirit.
The church must urgently play a role in establishing a right relationship with creation, through leadership, education and the elaboration of a wholesome ministry of stewardship of creation. It should be more then than being a green church, saving energy, or recycling. It should appear in church mission and be listed as a line item in individual church budgets.
—Louis Giguere, Coquitlam, BC