We pause to listen to what land might have to say about God’s abiding presence and consider the tension of healing and harm found in our wide-ranging relationships with the land.
What has been the experience of land for individuals in your congregation? Karri Whipple reminds us that nature can symbolize traumatic, life-changing experiences, coloring our relationship with it. She writes: “trauma and creation affect generations of communities, particularly marginalized, economically depressed, and oppressed groups.”
Please take time to read and reflect on the article “Trauma in our Roots and Bones”.
Some of us live in the midst of open country and green spaces. Others are surrounded by asphalt and concrete. Others are connected to land with vocations such as farming, landscaping, forestry, or logging – many delight in the “playground” of land.
On land Sunday , we are reminded that violence to land also impacts God. Hearing from land creates possibility for mutual healing. How might you honor the diverse relationship that congregant have with the land? How might you offer space to celebrate creation with a sense of awe and trepidation, and honor trauma while always seeking justice?