The E-mail Commentary from Eco-Justice Ministries
Missing Pieces of the Puzzle
Over the last two weeks, I have touched on the theme of "necessary and sufficient" factors in social change. Allow me just one more meditation on that theme, taking it in a somewhat different direction!
As local churches go about the challenging task of ministering to folk in this modern world, there are many segments of life which are addressed.
All of these are necessary parts of the church's ministry. We would not be doing our job if these critical needs were not addressed. And, indeed, they frequently are addressed in worship, education, and pastoral care.
But however necessary our ministries around these commonly recognized needs, this list is not sufficient. If our list stops here, our ministry is incomplete. From my perspective (unbiased as it is!), there are at least two other elements that are necessary if the church is to minister faithfully.
A display board for our agency that I have taken to conferences asks the question, "How can we help our people make sense of their lives, when we don't talk about all of the pieces of the puzzle?" Justice and the environment are the missing pieces in the ministry of many churches.
Our work at Eco-Justice Ministries in motivated by the conviction that Eco-Justice is not an optional part of church life. Eco-Justice is a necessary component of faithful and effective ministry.
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I'm delighted to say that new sections keep being added to our website! The website address is www.eco-justice.org
In the last week, we've posted:
The web links represents many hours of working with Internet search engines and following links from site to site. However, I'm sure that it only scratches the surface of the helpful websites that are available.
Please let us know about the webpages that you have found which are helpful in understanding and living Eco-Justice!
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