Columbia River Pastoral. Columbia River Pastoral. “God looked at everything God had made, and found it very good” ~Genesis 1:31.
“God looked at everything God had made, and found it very good”
“We cannot interfere in one area of the ecosystem without paying due attention both to the consequences of such interference in other areas and to the well being of future generations. . . “
~Pope John Paul II, 1990
“The fundamental relation between humanity and nature is one of caring for creation.”
---The Catholic Bishops of the United States
Renewing the Earth, 1991
All of us are in the watershed of the Columbia River
In both the Old and New Testaments, there are many images of nature and the world about us
“You springs of the Lord, bless the Lord; Seas and rivers bless the Lord; You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord. . . “
An understanding of the universal purpose of created things, which requires equitable use of resources – stewardship.
Meeting at Mt. Angel – Opportunity for spiritual, pastoral reflection applying principles of Catholic Social Teaching to the environment.
Establishment of the Steering Committee
Introduction – Caring for Creation
The process may be just as valuable as the end product.
Ecumenical Interest – This effort has struck a vibrant cord in many congregations.
Media attention: both secular and religious documentaries. Umatilla’s video “Beyond Impasse”
Encouragement of civil dialogue – media attention. Meeting in St. Mary Parish, Spokane; and Holy Family Parish Clarkston . Vision calls for respect and listening.
A common spiritual appreciation of our beautiful Northwest.
Vision for the future.