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Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

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We meet quarterly close to the solstice and equinox.

Special Projects for 2006:

Mary Brown Environmental Center in Ely, MN

Creation Season Materials


Resolution on the Spirituality of Food Production

Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds

Resolution on Creation Season

Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 27 Psalm

Psalm 146:4-9

Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! whose hope is in the Lord their God; Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; who keeps his promise forever. (vs 5-6)

Reflection on Psalm 146: 4-9

by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

Happy are they, indeed, for in wildness is found everything humans needed to flourish in the created order, in balance with the web of life and its system of interdependence of all living things in their environment. How easily we are enticed into thinking we can use it all for our own good. We tend to evaluate the worth of any other species by how its existence benefits ours forgetting that the same creator made everything in heaven, on earth and in the sea.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 27:

Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) 1 Kings 17: 8-16
no reflection available
Psalm 146: 4-9
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New Testament Hebrews 9:24-28
no reflection available
Gospel Mark 12:38-44
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The Rev Dcn Helen Hanten is a retired deacon who attended St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2002. Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Helen Hanten or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

MEESC c/o C. Morello 4451 Lakeside Drive Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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