Saturday, March 28
Presbytery of South Louisiana
The Louisiana coast has the fastest-disappearing delta in the world, having lost land equivalent to the size of Delaware. Damaged ecosystems include vast fisheries that extend to the Atlantic Ocean, habitat for migratory birds, and small farming and fishing communities.
The Wetlands Theological Education Project was created two years ago to address this social, ecological, and spiritual crisis through theological discussion, public advocacy, and hands-on projects and other tangible response.
“We lost more of our homes in the last storm,” says Chief Naquin of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe. “We have lost 90 percent of our land mass in my lifetime.” The tribe has been working on relocation to retain their cultural, religious, and family connections as well as their traditional livelihoods.
Faced with many communities needing to relocate and other communities growing to accommodate the displaced, the Presbytery of South Louisiana and its 55 congregations are seeking to be present where God is working. Consultations involving congregations, the presbytery, and partners like the Louisiana Interchurch Conference are addressing issues of pending exile for some communities, vanishing ecosystems, and how communities receiving the dislocated can best provide hospitality.
Please visit Wetlands Theological Education Project on Facebook. Patsy, of Bayou Blue Presbyterian Church writes, “We want you to sit with us on our porch and enjoy this part of God’s world with us.”
—Rev. Kristina J. Peterson, PhD, and Rev. Richard L. Krajeski, Bayou Blue Presbyterian Church and Wetlands Theological Education Project
Let us join in prayer for:
Young Adult Volunteers
William Alldridge, Colleen Ames, Vincent Grossi, Jennifer Hallberg, John Kupar, Hannah Mills, and Katherine Norwood, New Orleans
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Lord of creation, help us to live in Job’s words: “Ask the animals, and they will teach you; . . . and the fish of the sea will declare to you. . . . In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being” (12:7–8, 10). Amen.