Message from the New Anglican Communion Environmental Network Chairperson: Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya
Bishop of Swaziland Ellinah Wamukoya is the first Anglican Women Bishop in Africa. She was appointed as the Chairperson of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network at the Anglican Consultative Council 16 in Zambia in April 2016. She is also a liaison Bishop for the Anglican Church of Southern Environmental Network.
Message from the Chairperson :
In Genesis 2:15 God says; The Lord God put humans in the Garden of Eden to work the soil and take care of the garden. This was God’s first commandment to humankind; “Look after my earth” But what have we done? We have polluted this earth, 60% of the eco-systems on which we depend for life are now degraded beyond the point of repair. The Lord God says; I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable. Jer 2:7 Creation is in agony; We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Romans 8:22 Meanwhile Creation is waiting for us…… For creation waits with eager longing for the children of God to be revealed. Romans 8:19. Gus Speth speaking on speaking of scientists has this to say; “We scientists do not know how to do that. I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address those problems. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems re selfishness, greed, and apathy……. and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation and we scientists do not know how to do that”. The Fifth mark of ANGLICAN MISSION is; To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth and in the statement by Anglican Bishop in Cape Town in February 2015 that; The World is Our Host We then ask ourselves; HOW CAN THE CHURCH RESPOND?