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From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
It was the 50th Anniversary of the very first Earth Day.
Originally celebrated on April 22, 1970, Earth Day began as a response to the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill and the coalescing of several community leaders in California as they explored the idea of Environmental Rights. It is now the largest secular holiday in the world.
Due to COVID-19, this year's 50th Anniversary plans were shifted significantly, but the goal remains the same: to mobilize people to change their actions in order to safeguard this planet, our fragile island home. The day itself was this past Sunday, but you are invited all week to observe this important day.
The office for Creation Care in The Episcopal Church published an email sharing variety of virtual events our church held over the past week. You can watch the recordings of them online:
- The Washington National Cathedral has a service of Holy Eucharist to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, with Mother Margaret Bullitt-Jones serving as the guest preacher.
- Later in the afternoon, at 2pm, the National Cathedral and the Interfaith Power & Light served as co-hosts for an interfaith online service focused on climate action.
- And yesterday, at 8:00pm, Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, hosted a panel discussion on healing the earth.
If you are doing anything to observe this day, the church invites you to share it on social media with the hashtags: #EarthDay #Episcopal #LoveCreation.
I leave you with this prayer from our church's Creation Justice Ministries:
Lord, the wounds of the world are too deep for us to heal. We lift up the sick in body and mind as well as the withered in soul and spirit. We lift up the victims of greed and injustice as well as the prisoners of grief and heartache. We ask for your care and mercy upon all of us. Instill compassion within us for those suffering from injustice. Make us generous with the resources you have entrusted to us. Let your work of rescue be done in us and through us all. Amen.
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