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Eco-Justice Notes
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What's Important
distributed 10/19/00 - ©2000

I recently came across an article written by Jane Goodall (from the Spring, 2000, issue of Orion). In it, the famous primatologist tells of a conversation that she had with a young man in Texas, where he worried that a belief in God conflicts with the theory of evolution. Goodall writes:

I ended by telling him that it honestly didn't matter how we humans got to be the way we are, whether evolution or special creation was responsible. What mattered and mattered desperately was our future development. How should the mind that can contemplate God relate to our fellow beings, the other life-forms of the world? What is our human responsibility? And what, ultimately is our human destiny? Were we going to go on destroying God's creation, fighting each other, hurting the other creatures of His planet? Or were we going to find ways to live in greater harmony with each other and with the natural world? That, I told him, was what was important. Not only for the future of the human species, but also for him, personally.
At Eco-Justice Ministries, we want to help churches discover fresh ways of dealing with those sorts of important questions. We want to help clergy and laity reconsider how humanity fits into the whole tapestry of God's creation. We believe that the church in today's world simply must address these questions if it is to be faithful.

Thanks for your work on behalf of God's creation, and for your interest in Eco-Justice Ministries!

Shalom!

Peter Sawtell
Executive Director
Eco-Justice Ministries

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