World Communion October 6
We live in a global community. At Pilgrim, we remind ourselves that our lives are intimately connected to, and dependent upon, all who inhabit this planet with us. We believe the created world is a treasure God has entrusted to us and we are given responsibility to care for it, protect it, and pass it on to our children and our children’s children.
We are keenly aware that the lifestyle and conveniences to which we have become accustomed are exacting a horrendous toll upon the planet and upon many who live on it. There are no quick and easy solutions to the planet’s pain or our neighbor’s plight. But at Pilgrim, we are working at raising our own awareness, making what changes we can, and encouraging each other to think about earth’s sustainability.
Volunteers deliver food waste produced on our premises to WLSSD or a nearby collection point. We collect and recycle glossy paper to support our music program and ink and toner cartridges. We are studying the results of a recent energy audit and implementing recommendations as we can. Twenty households in the congregation took advantage of a home energy audit offered through the congregation and Duluth energy and efficiency program last year.
One of our Sunday school classes is studying food waste as part of a Food Justice unit. Our Social Justice Ministry is committed to examining climate change as a priority in our understanding of mission.
On October 6, we celebrate Holy Communion, knowing that as we share this sacrament with Christians around the world, we all breath the same air, drink from the same waters, and live under the same sky. The Social Justice Ministry will show the film Taking Root at 11:20–the film is the story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai and her efforts to build a national program of tree planting in Kenya. Children and youth are welcome to view the film with adults.