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Child and Llamas

Third World, Third Earth

February 20, 2017

Dr. Sharon G. Austin
Director of Connectional Ministries and Justice Ministries, Florida Annual Conference

First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. Unfathomable, the biblical account of the creation. Unbelievable, the ecotheology trip to Peru. The word of God as I interpret it and the particular appreciation that I derive from the above-referenced Genesis text through The Message translation, conjures an image in my mind of all life on earth through ‘birthing.’  This image, resonated in my mind while journeying in Peru, and is found among my earliest journal notes.  An unfolding sense of life emerging through birthing waters contributed significantly to my time in Peru becoming a ‘transformational experience’ as opposed to merely an ‘exotic trip.’ … The most self-sufficient among us is never totally independent.  We are dependent upon each other, and one person’s expertise is another’s introductory learning. Mutually dependency lies at the heart of the relationships within and between ecosystems.


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