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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 04:52

Time to step into the visionary leadership vacuum

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For us Christians, the following of Jesus is an imperative in our response to the global crisis that is now with us.

Our global political leaders have not been able to grasp the significance of the changes in our environment that are confronting us now.  This has been clearly evidenced in the failure of the Copenhagen Conference in 2009.

Our own political leaders have also failed to take any significant kind of leadership when it comes to action.

What paralyses such leadership?

Is it the immediacy of the populace in which the electorate, in the end, simply looks at the now and one's own personal gain, forgetting the impact for the future? The only imperative, then, for the politicians is being elected again.

There is a vacuum of visionary leadership for humanity, for our earth and for our cosmos, especially in Australia in an election year.

During 2008 Ross Garnaut reported on the scale of the crisis before us, and the need for national and international responses now.

It seemed clear from the scientific evidence that we needed to aim high in reducing carbon emissions.  Meanwhile the global financial downturn took center stage and again economic realities which are immediate and pressing pushed the ecological issues to the background.

At our Assembly we wish to focus our attention on the integral importance that a commitment to, and work for, ecology places upon followers of Jesus.

Our lives are essentially bound up with the life of all of creation.

We need to identify the contribution and work that Religious are now undertaking in relation to ecology and to identify what challenges and opportunities are before us.

Ecological awareness and work for the environment is not only a political and practical matter.  It is spiritual and it is theological.

Pope Benedict XVI in his letter for January 1, 2007, stated:  "Experience shows that disregard for the environment always harms human coexistence, and vice versa. It becomes more and more evident that there is an inseparable link between peace with creation and peace among (all people)."

As Religious, at this time in our history, it is our role to assume a responsibility for bringing the spirituality and theology of the Christian message to the call for ecological integrity and peace in our world.