In Celebration of the Earth
Sermon by Stephen Scharper.
I am delighted to welcome to our pulpit this week Professor Stephen Bede Scharper, who teaches religion, anthropology, and environmental ethics at The University of Toronto. He is a frequent contributor to The Toronto Star and appears regularly in other media across the country. Dr. Scharper is a delightful, thoughtful speaker, and I’m grateful he has accepted our invitation to join us for Earth Day Sunday. His recent books have focused on the need for a “compassionate ecology” that invites us to rethink and repair our relationship with the earth.
This Sunday, he’ll discuss “Nature Deficit Disorder”—focussing particularly on the need for urban dwellers to reconnect with the natural world. (He’ll also be giving a tutorial during the Time for All Ages on recognizing a dramatic bird call.) I’ll be serving as the Worship Leader on this week, and I’m looking forward to hearing Dr. Scharper’s encouraging message about finding our way toward a more sustainable future.
Enjoy these first real days of Spring!
In love and faith,
In my sermon last Sunday I shared a few impressions about my recent visit to Damanhur,
the eco-spiritual community in the Italian Alps. You can visit their website here,
and see photos of the elaborate underground temples here.