Wednesday, February 07, 2007

ENVIRONMENTALISM AND BAPTISTS

The Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas has stepped forward to call Creation Care "A Christian Responsibility." The specific agenda is opposition to the construction of more coal-burning plants in the state of Texas, but the CLC is espousing a cautious approach. In response, the Associated Press reports on Baptists slowly becoming green.

And today I was informed that First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon is addressing the issue of Creation Care head-on.

If you know of other Baptist churches directly addressing environmentalism (or Creation Care), I'd like to know. At this juncture, it is a cutting edge issue even among moderate Baptists.

1 comment:

Michael Westmoreland-White said...

What's amazing about this is that we've gone backwards. The Baptist church I knew as a teen was very ecologically responsible. In 1971, British Baptist turned Southern Baptist Eric Rust wrote Nature: Garden or Desert? and Henlee Barnette wrote The Church and the Ecological Crisis. These were the first two books on the environment written by evangelicals--decades ago and only a few years after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring made the environmental movement mainstream. The Old CLC used to have many materials on what is now called "Creation Care."

My church, Jeff Street Baptist Community at Liberty, is environmental and the issues have long been addressed by the Baptist Peace Fellowship.