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.