A Biblical Reflection on Creation Justice – Sarah Augustine

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Sarah Augustine –  Pueblo (Tewa) descendant,is founder and cochair of the Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery and executive director of a Dispute Resolution Center in central Washington State. info@creationjustice.org

Excerpt from Indigenous Creation Justice. 

Each morning my son and I watch the sunrise.  I was taught to do this by elders – to give thanks at the beginning of the day, to acknowledge the gift and miracle of life every morning.  My ancestors practiced reverence in this way, and in turn I share this with my son.  The spiritual tradition I have been taught explains that God’s nature is revealed in creation.  To walk with God is to acknowledge God’s plan revealed in creation.

Romans 1:19-20 explains, For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.  So they are without excuse. 

God’s eternal power and divine nature are clearly perceived.  I take this to mean that God’s nature is made clear in creation.  With each sunrise, God reveals God’s faithfulness, blessing the earth with warmth and light, the ongoing process of creation.  The life support systems we depend on – soil, air and water – work together in a precious balance that demonstrates interdependence.  These life support systems express the boundaries of reality that we must live within.  For human beings to live, we need clean air, water and soils.  Indigenous Peoples, across our numerous spiritual traditions, acknowledge we are embedded in creation, interdependent with it, not separate from it.  In the cosmology I understand, this is reality.    

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