A Reflection on Covid 19

Author: Paul Strickland | Date: 9 May, 2020 | Category: Articles Climate Emergency | Comments: 0

A Video Reflection on Covid 19 from Barbara Echlin, Vice Chair of Green Christian, with a tribute to John Houghton

The Covid 19 pandemic marks a threshold to a very different future. But will that future be better or worse? Green Christian’s new seven week Zoom course, Radical Presence, offers small groups the opportunity to learn from our faith, scripture and Covid-19 how to tackle the crisis that looms behind it – environmental breakdown.

We’re all finding different ways to cope – exercise, prayer, fund raising, games. In common with many others I’m reading more books in this strange time of aloneness. I just finished a fascinating one – ‘Ask the Beasts – Darwin and the God of Love’ by American eco-feminist Elizabeth Johnson – a dialogue between Darwin’s theory of evolution and a theology of creation.

And some are writing poetry. Kitty O’Meara’s poem ‘And the people stayed home’ has spread widely on YouTube. Kitty ends her poem with a vision for the future:

And when the danger passed, and the
people joined together again, they grieved
their losses, and made new choices, and
dreamed new images, and created new
ways to live and heal the earth fully, as
they had been healed.

Barbara Echlin


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