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“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” —Ps. 51:10

Saturday, March 28

Presbytery of South Louisiana

 

Shrimping on Grand Bayou Photo by Richard L. Krajeski

 

Shrimping on Grand Bayou

 

Photo by Richard L. Krajeski

 

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:

Presbytery Staff

Ron Sutto, general presbyter / stated clerk
Tom Tucker, treasurer
Julia Miller, office administrator / assistant stated clerk
Karen Blewitt, office assistant

Young Adult Volunteers

William Alldridge, Colleen Ames, Vincent Grossi, Jennifer Hallberg, John Kupar, Hannah Mills, and Katherine Norwood, New Orleans

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Lindy Ebbs, PMA
Celeste Eck, BOP

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.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 43; 149
First Reading Jeremiah 31:27-34
Second Reading Romans 11:25-36
Gospel Reading John 11:28-44
Alternate Gospel John 12:37-50
Evening Psalms 31; 143

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