One year ago today, on April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and started an oil spill that lasted almost three months. Though the mainstream news focus long-ago shifted from the oil spill, the effects are lasting, and communities are still working to become whole again.
After the Spill: Religious Communities Restoring the Gulf was started last year as an interfaith response to the oil spill. Find resources for the one year anniversary on the group’s website. Read about how you can be involved in advocacy related to the oil spill.
For the next two weeks the group’s blog will be featuring interfaith reflections on the spill. Today’s post, by Tyler Edgar of the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program, uses Lenten scripture to reflect on the power of faith in situations where people are waiting for rebirth.
The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program has created a worship resource related to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, which can be downloaded on their website.
As we move through Holy Week, looking with hope towards Christ’s resurrection, may we be mindful of communities, including the Gulf Coast, that suffer from environmental injustice and the consequences of our use of energy. May the hope and joy we feel on Easter Sunday move us to work for a just and sustainable future together.