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Heed the Call to Lament

Ice caps in Iceland

Reflect

Many in the US prefer to pretend that “everything’s fine,” ignoring the world’s ecological crisis. The Netherlands Manifesto aims for a circular economy by 2050. This means a long-term, sustainable economy with no harmful emissions. Practically, it translates to government fines for use of non-recyclable waste, requirements on manufacturers for easy-to-repair products, a repair café in every neighborhood, fishing nets turned into carpets and plastic bottle caps becoming skateboards.


Pray

Creator God, give us your energy and creativity
for the challenges ahead.


Act

The African-American tradition knows the value of lamentation. Find and listen to a recording of such spirituals as “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” or “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” If you wish, compose a lament of your own to voice and identify the danger of our current global predicament.


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