We are aware that the earth was born and is borne by a delicate dynamic of forces, which converged to become the integrity of our planet. We are enchanted by the splendor of its life emergence, of which we are but a part.
Yet at the very time we are awestruck by this wondrous disclosure, we are stunned by the cumulative significance of human insensitivity to the natural world. We are informed, as never before, that the earth is subject to possibly irreparable damage to the primordial pattern of life-sustaining processes.
The spiritual challenge of the ecological crisis draws us back to our religious traditions, to reflect on and celebrate the natural world in its most profound sense of mystery as a manifestation and experience of the sacred. We humans find not only our place but also our presence to the sacred in this phenomenal emergence.
As individuals, as institutions, as a people, we need a change of heart to preserve and protect the planet for our children and for generations yet unborn.