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Yes. And to that I would add the enormous, far-reaching, ongoing moral crisis of refusing to see the writingon the wall about what the scientists are telling us we are doing to the earth’s ability to sustain us. It doesn’t matter what our “OPINION” is, it is the ecosystem. It doesn’t care about our politics (except about that part which simply tips the scales of eco-balance away from that which had been in process for many thousands of years). All of our rationalizations about how we have to use fossil fuels to “keep our economy going” is , in the end, nonsense. For without a sustainable ecosystem – sustainable for humans and many other species – there will be NO economy. How’s that as a “moral crisis”?
Since I was unable to find a single post over the past 3 months here that even remotely dealt with Climate Change, I might as well post here since it (the post under which I placed this comment was about the possible effects of the SCOTUS decision re: Gay Marriage on the UMC) This seems to be the biggest issue ( I do so merely to interject and not to suggest that this is not an important topic – it is hugely important, nor to suggest I don’t applaud the ruling – which I do), but to find some way to ask where this topic might be taken up, particularly since it’s currency as a “Church” story of big significance had been put squarely on the table by the release of the Pope’s Encyclical. What Pope Francis does in this document is raise and articulate the gravity of our situation and the necessity of strong and unmistakable “speaking up” on the part of the church that is appropriate to the moral issue it represents ( and that moral issue is immense and far reaching to an extent of which has never really been faced before in human history ). That’s really my only point here. How will the UMC as one church entity along with others including the Catholic Church, talk about and converse and act on this issue?
Think this might stir something up? I seek a “stirring” that rightly blends our sense of the situation with our sense of the ecological message in Scripture, informed by present day scientific findings.
(Cross posted on my Facebook Group Page “EcoEcclesia”)
Obama told reporters that although he wants the country to move completely away from fossil fuels at some point, domestic oil and natural gas production is still necessary in the short term.
When we frame this in terms like “short term” and “long term”, we get a good indication that the two have already overlapped, and that the only “long term” worth considering now is the amount climate change mayhem to which we are sentencing “long term” generations by refusing to recognize that NOW is the time to act, that NOW presents us with the choice of either avoiding a far worse future than that to which we have already committed ourselves by our delay.
The problem with this climate crisis we face is that “Long term” thinking requires short term action to do serious reversals. If we don’t, feedbacks will only accelerate (or increase the acceleration, since it is already accelerating- which is the nature of feedback loops). Obama and his administration have chosen the political path, which is never going to allow us to seriously face this.
What Micheal Dowd, in a conversation with him, referred to as a “Come to Jesus moment about the climate”, I expect has been rthe experience of many over the past decade, and the frequency of those have probably plunged upward much like the Hockey Stick made famous by Climatologist Micheal Mann. I have certainly had such a conversion. It’s a whole new level and perspective, even outlook , on life as we know it today and how we envision the future. It has totally impacted the way I am looking at theology these days. I see a whole new instance and circumstance for human life just as the Biblical writers who employed the apocalyptic style saw a set of historical circumstances that radically altered their orientation toward the future. The Climate Crisis, it seems to me, is one such circumstance. Perhaps the most momentous, calamitous, far-reaching circumstance that represents an unprecedented challenge to human life and civilization.
And so my orientation toward the present and future (and the past as well) has changed in a dramatic way. It has had an intense impact on the shape of the calling I now perceive to be my role as a communicator and technologist, as well as a theologian. It is the reason why I have found it crucial for me to be in Claremont at Pomona College for the conference: “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization”, for I see that this can be a strategic time for those of us who know that the church MUST come alive to this challenge, in a way that again poses a challenge to the forces of empire that have now aligned with the forces of fossil fuel industries as what I can only name as an instance of those Principalities and Powers that Paul had in mind.
This theological vision has opened up a whole new room/vista into which I have walked. It is completely of a piece with what has gone before in my journey. And it makes all the sense in the world to me that I dove into Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate” as soon as it came out, and had it open up for me this door that had stayed shut in my experience that was keeping me from letting it in to my perspective on time and The Kingdom of God. The kinds of life challenges we now face as human civilization are in dire need of the resources of the visions for human community contained in our Christian scriptures, and have been offered up by a host of other theological traditions and explorers of alternative forms of community.