Well, I suppose we were bound to get some of the harsh summer weather others have been suffering around the country and the world, but I found the last few days to be nearly unbearable and am grateful that I have the luxury of an air-conditioned home and workplace. I hope you avoided the consequences of the extreme heat and that this weekend and next week will be more temperate.
But, clearly, we are living in an altered world. I clearly remember James Hansen of NASA warning against “global warming” back in the late 1980s when I was still in high school and have followed climate science since then, hoping against hope that we would come to our senses, personally, nationally, internationally. We have made some strong sides to move towards sustainable energy, yet our timeline has grown alarmingly short.
The climate crisis has been crystallized in recent months with deadly fires, hurricanes in the wrong part of the country, longer droughts, and blazing heatwaves. I think one of the challenges for people of faith is how to face existential threats like this and still find the strength, peace, and hope to go on, both working for the common good and just living our lives in joyful, meaningful ways.
You know what I’m going to say, right? I think the only way to do THAT is by being part of a faithful, loving community like All Saints. I’m so glad we’re in this together.
P. S. Tuck pointing on the Parish Hall has begun! See newsletter below for more information.