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  • Writer's pictureSt Clements Church Toronto

A Rocha x St. Clement's

The Apostle Paul writes: “...creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

(Romans 8:21–25)

In the First Nations Version of the New Testament, Jesus is called "Creator Sets Free." For Jesus sets free not only you and me, but all of God's creation too. In an era of climate crisis, what does it look like to follow Jesus within creation? To understand ourselves as situated in relationship not only with the Creator and our fellow humans, but also with creation? And how do we do this in a way that is shaped by hope and not fear?

I'm super excited for our upcoming OMG Tuesdays session. We are partnering with Christian conservation organization, A Rocha, which, inspired by God’s love, engages in scientific research, environmental education, community-based conservation projects, and sustainable agriculture.

Given their particular expertise at the intersection of Christian theology and creation care, they are going to be doing the 'teaching' portion of each of the five weeks. We're also fortunate to welcome their Ontario Director, Anthony Siegrist, as the preacher at our morning services on Sunday May 1.

This is going to be a very special session of OMG Tuesdays and I hope you will join me on the journey!

Yours truly in Christ,

Andrew (Rector)


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