July/August 2006 cover image: colourful conversation candy hearts

Vol 21 No 5 July/August 2006


National Bishops's Turn

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A Re-Creating Time

Recently, I went to see the film, An Inconvenient Truth, an exposť of sorts about the shameful way we are systematically destroying our world with the irresponsible use of fossil fuels, indiscriminate wastage of water and electricity, and raping of the land. Global warming will ultimately devastate our planet—"the only home we have", as Al Gore, the narrator of the movie and committed advocate, says. These are sobering, even frightening facts. If this is so, and Gore says a full 100% of scientists, and 100% of 925 recent articles in peer-review scientific journals agree that it is, what can we, as believing Christian individuals, do? The temptation, of course, is simply to say, "I'm just one person. What difference can I make?", and let the whole scenario inexorably play itself out.

I don't have any answers, but I do believe that we have the responsibility to examine and be aware of what's happening. That, along with examining our behaviours, can perhaps be a beginning. (One man said that after seeing the film, he went home and started turning out lights.) Are there lobby groups, information sessions, individuals we can connect up with? And we can, of course, pray. Pray for the enlightenment of those in power, pray for the health of our planet, pray for the development of educational programs to teach people about the world we're living in and on. And, as one of the suggestions scrolled across the screen at the end of the film suggested (to the words of "I Need to Wake Up", sung by Melissa Etheridge), we can "pray that people have the courage to change". Everyone knows the "light one candle" story. Maybe that's what we need to do. Light one candle of understanding in one other person, one other group, one other church.

In our last issue, Dr. Mary Vetter spoke about global warming in her contribution to our Articles of Faith series. As you've already gathered from the previous two paragraphs, it's a critical topic I think we all need to consider. If you're interested, the website suggested in the film is: www.climatecrisis.net .

Our feature this month is about marriage. Jeanette Brimner utilizes humour in her 30-year plus union with her husband, Jim, and it has stood her in good stead.

We couple Jeanette's article with some other practical approaches to keeping a marriage healthy. Relationships are often the most challenging part of our lives, don't you think? Communication (or miscommunication) can confuse and confound us when, all along, we thought everything was clear and uncomplicated. Our work, our lives in general, engross us, and no one is more surprised at the disconnect than we are!

And speaking of connection and reconnection, Rev. Dr. Cam Harder challenges us in his article of faith with remembering and reintroducing a basic tenet of the faith—piety. It's not a popular term these days, but Harder makes a good case for its need in our faith lives today.

Marla Burnie revisits a deep grief—and comes away with new insight in this edition of "This Side of Heaven". Join her and her family as they entertain a new family member.

It's mid summer. I hope you're having a wonderful rejuvenating, relaxing, re-creating time.

Ida Reichardt Backman