June 2, 1999

How to get involved

in caring for creation
___(ABP)--So how can you get involved? Several organizations have "creation care" kits and other resources that you can order for more information on ways to worship God through his creation, organize Bible studies related to the environment and live a more "creation-friendly" life. But here are some of those organizations' suggestions for immediate action:
___bluebullRead Bible passages related to creation, God's relationship to it, and the care of globecreation. The Evangelical Environmental Network suggests starting with: Genesis 1; Genesis 2:15; Genesis 9: 8-17; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 24:1; Matthew 6:25-34; Colossians 1:19-20.
___bluebullRecycle glass, aluminum and paper, and buy goods made from recycled materials.
___bluebullReduce your use of water by installing low-flow aerators on faucets and showerheads, and do not leave the water running when brushing teeth, showering, shaving, or washing dishes or your car.
___bluebullStart a community garden, plant trees, and stop using pesticides.
___ bluebullTake unwanted, reusable items to a thrift shop or charitable organization, and return items such as clothes hangers and plastic flower pots back to merchants.
___"I think everybody knows what they can do and what they should do," says Cal DeWitt of the Au Sable Institute. "What I suggest people do is get four or five families together who really want to honor God in this way and have them come together in prayer and as, 'Lord what would you have us do right here?' You'll find that the best ideas will come out of that."
___Resources on Christian environmentalism are becoming easier to find. Many denominational offices have their own resources they have published, but the following organizations also have more information they can send you:
___bluebullThe Au Sable Institute can be reached at (616) 587-8686 or by writing 7526 Sunset Trail NE, Mancelona, MI, 49659.
___bluebullThe Christian EnvironmentalAssociation can be reached at (408)441-1571 or at http://www.targetearth.org/
___bluebull The Evangelical Environmental Network's Grassroots Outreach office can be reached at 765-939-2841 or at http://www.esa-online.org/
___Other resources include:
___bluebull "Loving Neighbors Across Time: A Christian Guide to Protecting the Earth," by Robert Parham, the director of the Baptist Center for Ethics. Published in 1991, it's available for $6.95 at Baptist Bookstores.
___bluebull"Healing the Earth: A Theocentric Perspective on Environmental Problems and their Solutions," by Richard A. Young. Published in 1994, it's available for $15.99.
___bluebull Other books, such as Tony Campolo's, "How to Rescue the Earth Without Worshiping Nature," and "The Earth is the Lord's: Christians and the Environment," by Richard D. Land and Louis A. Moore (editor), are out of print, but a local library or church may have copies.
___bluebullSojourners recently published "Holy Ground: A Resource on Faith and the Environment," which contains feature articles, study and discussion questions, activities and resources. It is available for $5 per copy, plus shipping and handling, from the Sojourners Resource Center, 2401 15th St., NW, Washington, D.C., 20009, or by calling (800) 714-7474.

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