Workshop: The Earth is the Lord's
21st October 2017: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
St Paul's Cathedral
Graeme Garrett, theologian, and Jan Morgan CPE supervisor and leader in EcoSpirituality, will present a workshop on The Earth is the Lord's - Listening to God in Scripture and Creation.
Session 1: A god's eye view of the world
'Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind' (Job 38:1)
We are all familiar with the story of the book of Job. Job is aperson who loves God and does what is right in God's eyes. But he is stricken with a terrible series of troubles. His wealth is dissipated. His family is shattered. His health is destroyed. He sits for days with three friends. They talk, weep and rage about the situation. And what God is and isn't doing about it. Then after 37 chapters of silence, God finally speaks toJob from the center of a cyclone. What follows is the longest uninterrupted speech by God in the entire Bible. God gives Job a 'whirlwind' tour of the Earth as God sees it. A real eye-opener. Here is a God's eye view of the world.
Session 2: A bird's eye view of God
'Look at the birds of the air' (Matthew 6:26)
In his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus asks us to look at the world about us in order to come to a deeper understanding of God. God comes to us through the world that God has made. 'Look at the birdsof the air,' Jesus says. And 'consider the lilies of the field' (Matt. 6:26, 28). But what is this bird's eye and lily eye view of God? Can thesecreated beings really become our spiritual teachers? Can we as believers learn from them in these troubled times? This session will be very practical, not just a talk fest! We will explore what it means to pray and ministerin and with the world understood as God's living and speaking creation.