MADE IN GOD’S GREEN IMAGE
Sister Confianza del Señor &
May 5 to June 2, 2022 Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Five 90-minute ONLINE sessions
“God created the human being ‘in his image.’ Therefore the type of dominion that humans are called to exercise over creation will be the same as that which God exercises over all that is created, a dominion based on care, respect, and love..”
-Argentinian Methodist Church
“Creatures… (are) sanctified by the Word which was in the beginning, by which all things are upheld; wherein is unity with all Creation.”
“There is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.”
Job 14:7 (NIV)
The Creation stories in the Bible describe a God who creates, tends, and joys in the natural world. Genesis 1:26 says that humans are made in God’s image. What does that mean to us as Quakers and fellow human beings? How do we live it out? This program will explore relevant Bible passages, celebrate nature, and learn some of the science of climate change. Participants will have the opportunity to share thoughts and experiences around environmental issues and take steps toward climate mitigation and resilience. We will hear about creative solutions from around the world, including rural Honduras where Sister Confianza lives, and the COP26 summit in Glasgow where Frank was a Quaker Earthcare Witness observer.
There will be some music, as well!
THE PROGRAM LEADERS:
Sister Confianza del Señor is a professed nun at Amigas del Señor Methodist-Quaker Monastery in rural Honduras. Care of Creation is a core value of the Monastery since its founding in 2006; the Sisters raise pineapples, chickens, and other foods sustainably. They are also involved in planting trees in their deforested neighborhood. Sister Confianza has been published in Western Friend magazine and The Upper Room devotional, and co-authored Giving Up Something Good for Something Better with Sister Alegría del Señor. She currently leads a weekly Bible study on Zoom.
Frank Granshaw is a “retired” community college geoscience instructor, a glacial geologist by training, an insufferably proud grandpa, a bit of a sustainable technology nerd, and a Quaker from Portland Oregon. In regards to the latter, Frank and his wife, Annette, have on several occasions been observers to UN climate conferences with the Quaker Earthcare Witness delegation, and he is a member of the advisory board to the Creation Justice Program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Frank also teaches climate science for non-science majors at Portland State University and a regular participant in legislative advocacy teams through EMO, Union of Concerned Scientists, and the American Geophysical Union.
Week 1 Made in God’s Image: a cosmic celebration of Creation (Genesis 1: the first creation story)
Week 2 TendingOur Garden Home: serving the Earth (Genesis 2: the second creation story and life in the garden)
Week 3 The Loss of Right Relationship and its Consequences (Genesis 3: Adam, Eve, and the serpent)
Week 4 Collaborating with God to heal our relationship to our planetary home (Genesis 6-9: Noah and the flood)
Week 5 Hope in Action: it’s not too late to make a difference (Luke 13:6-9, 18-19: the parables of the barren fig tree and the mustard seed)