Moon View of Earth

It was the 1960's when the word "spirituality" came into wide usage at a time when the human community was broadening its self-understanding.  In this same period space exploration gave us an entirely new perspective on planet Earth.  James Irwin, astronaut, described his view from space with these words, "...the most beautiful marble you can imagine.  That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart.  Seeing this has to change man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God."

Even as women and men began to recognize our vibrant planet as tiny and unique part of a vast cosmos, Earth's suffering began to grasp our attention in the 1970s.  As a result, we started to pay more attention to the fragility of our wonderful blue marble.

But what has all this to do with spirituality?  Everything!  As the Council of Scottish Churches said in 1977 “Spirituality is...an attempt to grow in sensitivity to self, to others, to non-human creatures and to God who is beyond and within this totality.”

 

For decades Thomas Berry and others have proclaimed a global myth based on Universe science.  This Great Story helps us more clearly understand our place as members of Earth community in an ever evolving Universe.  Contemplation of the myth reveals life-principles which can become  integral aspects of one's spirituality:

  • Earth is a dynamic, interconnected, interdependent, genetically related unity
  • Diversity and differentiation are inherent in this self-organizing, creative universe
  • Every creature has intrinsic value, and is due respect

 

Imagine living respectfully as kin to all of Earth's diverse creatures in the presence of a loving God.  Awesome!