The Revd.

Matthew J Hughes

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Associate Rector

The Revd.
Stephen Broadie
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Assistant Priest

The Revd.

Bill Mullenger

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July Leader

Children can have a way of expressing profound truths in simple ways. So it was when walking along with one of my sons, he exclaimed, ‘Dad, you adults are going to leave us a lot to sort out, global warming, oceans littered with plastics and loads of trees cut down.’ No wonder that back in April thousands of children walked out of school in a mass protest over Global Warming. The next generations fear for their future, and who can blame them? There is a story from church circles that I think highlights how young people might feel about some attitudes to the planet.

An Archdeacon once went to visit a dilapidated church that had once been the jewel of the parish. The six members of the congregation sat in the unheated building with their arms folded as they listened to the Archdeacon tell them that unless they were prepared to change then the church authorities would have to declare their church redundant. At this point the Church Warden stood up and inquired, “When will this happen?” The archdeacon replied, “I would imagine between 7 to 8 years.” “Well,” said the Church Warden looking around at his fellow worships, “Given our average age that should see most of us out.”

Of course many grown ups care deeply about the issues facing the environment, yet there is also complacency and short termism. I had nothing to say to my son’s accusation, for in essence he was right, we are going to leave our children and grandchildren with a lot to sort out. Maybe they will look back at these years as the crazy years, when the world community knew that things were urgent and critical but failed to decisively act in the interest of the future generations. Perhaps one day people will look back at the heated debates on Europe, on tariffs, on economic growth, sport and popular culture as the time the world was moving the chairs around the deck of the Titanic. Our children may well ask “Why isn’t the world screaming about this stuff, rather than continuing to saw away at the branch we are all sitting on with the saw of rampant greed and economic growth?” Scientists have stated that people can and must change their life styles to tackle these problems. The life of faith can help us too. When we follow the example of Jesus, we follow a pathway of contentment and simplicity; we share with him the joy and respect of the natural world and a life that is free from worry about material things. (See Matthews Gospel chapter 6). Spiritual people across the great faiths and down through the centuries have seen the link between greed and destruction and contentment and balance. The Cree Indians once said.

Only when the last tree has died,
The last river been poisoned,
And the last fish caught.
Will we realize that we cannot eat money.




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