To be faithful disciples in a watershed at this watershed historical moment, as Todd Wynward reminds us, we need to become disciples of our watersheds, which have everything to teach us about interrelatedness and resiliency. In a sense, we are treating the watershed as a wise rabbi (Hebrew for “teacher”). This requires literacy; to paraphrase Baba Dioum, a Senegalese environmentalist:
We won’t save places we don’t love.
We can’t love places we don’t know.
And we don’t know places we haven’t learned.
This is both a warning and a promise that we believe sums up our vocation as church in the present crisis.
Read more about the watershed moment of ecological crisis, and being disciples of Jesus in our watersheds.