Episcopal Church Offers Resources for Earth Day, April 22, 2011

[Office of Public Affairs, The Episcopal Church] With Earth Day 2011 on April 22 nearly here, the Envrionmental Ministries office of the Episcopal Church has collected resources for observing and recognizing this annual event.

“This year Earth Day falls within Holy Week, specifically on Good Friday, a profound co-incidence,” noted Mike Schut, Episcopal Church Economic and Environmental Affairs Officer. “To fully honor Earth Day, we need to reclaim the theology that knows Earth is ‘very good,’ is holy. When we fully recognize that, our actions just may begin to create a more sustainable, compassionate economy and way of life.”

He added, “And on Good Friday, the day we mark the crucifixion of Christ, God in the flesh, might we suggest that when Earth is degraded, when species go extinct, that another part of God’s body experiences yet another sort of crucifixion—that another way of seeing and experiencing God is diminished?”

Among the Earth Day resources included are materials from and links to:

The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico erupted onto the national scene on April 20, 2010. The following resources connect Earth Day with the one-year anniversary of the spill.