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November 5, 2023: I find a world where each part of creation is related to the other

Sunday, November 5, 2023

I find a world where each part of creation is related to the other

Community of Creation: A Reflection by

Theologian and Cherokee descendant Randy Woodley who considers how the Bible offers insight into relationship with creation:

In the Genesis accounts of creation, I find a world where each part of creation is related to the other. When God makes the first human and I anticipate what will happen next, I see the requirement for Adam to name all the animals.

But to name things in an Indigenous way, you have to get to know them, and to know their special characteristics. In the narrative, God is telling Adam to go out and get to know his relatives.

The creation narratives in Genesis, like many Indigenous creation narratives, encourage humans to see the wider created order as part of the same “family tree of the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 2:4). [1]

The importance of the narrative is that it is not just about humans. It is also about the animal kingdom and the plants and the water and the sky and everything else.… My theology begins with the land.…

My understanding is that our responsibility as Indigenous people is to be keepers of the land. That means the whole of all the ecosystems and all the human systems…. That is my job on earth. That is the job I take seriously while I’m here.

When the land is used badly, and the community of creation is mistreated, everything becomes out of balance and in disharmony. Anywhere on earth can be a place of harmony when you understand your role.…

When land is lost, a history is ended. It takes land to make history. Humanity is in direct relationship with the land and all creation, a principle found throughout the scriptures and in some of the most poetic places, like Job 12:7–10, where Job says,

Just ask the animals, and they will teach you.

Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.

Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you.

Let the fish in the sea speak to you.

For they all know

that my disaster has come from the hand of the Lord.

For the life of every living thing is in his hand,

and the breath of every human being.

Note from Therese Mugannam:

Dear Allies,

Please join us again this Sunday as we stand for CEASEFIRE NOW IN GAZA!

Despite the horrendous images of suffering and death in Gaza, this is not a time

to be depressed. It is a time to get active, to find your voice and speak out for those

who have no voice. We stand for the end of all suffering for all innocents caught

in the game of war and vengeance. Bring your grief, your friends, and your sign,

if you have one, and join us on:

SUNDAY 11/5/23 * FROM 11:30-1PM


Hope to see you there.

Therese (For NCCP)

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