I recently sat down with Rachel Winner from the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem (although we spoke in Central Pennsylvania.) Not only does she share with me the work they do at the center, but we talk about various models of addressing climate change and ecology from an interfaith perspective.
The idea of Environmental Stewardship came up. This is the concept where believers are reminded that they are stewards of the earth and have a responsibility to take care of it. I admit I am not a huge fan of the stewardship approach; it sounds tepid in the face of a climate crisis. Rachel and I talk about this as she tries to get me to better understand and appreciate the concept.
What do you think of Stewardship? I’d love to start a discussion about this.
Also, I got my husband, Glen Retief, to share a story about his home country of South Africa. There is a recent rise in renewable energy projects. He tells us about this in his jaunty adorable fashion. (replete with a variety of accents too!)
Finally, I travel to the future and unearth a news report that reveals the stunning roles faith communities are about to take in addressing climate change.