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Heed the Call to Lament

Ice caps in Iceland


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.


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


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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