This past week I was in Berkeley teaching in the morning and hanging out in the afternoon. It was a real joy of being in Berkeley reliving all my wonderful years of graduate school at the Graduate Theological Union. Yet somehow as I prepared for preaching at the end of the week (this past Sunday) I was caught up short by how much more I need to hear the call to earth stewardship, action in response to the climate crisis. In part this is has already been growing in me, but in part I was provoked by the beauty and sadness of Muir Woods, a beautiful 'tree museum' as Joni Mitchell called it. Here is my sermon, really seeking to rethink the traditional text of the sacrifice of Isaac as an ecological tale for us now, working out the sense of our common call to dedicate ourselves to climate activism for the sake of stewardship of this 'one wild and precious life' (Mary Oliver).
Posted by Chris Scharen on Jun 27, 2011