Saturday, February 27, 2010

A commitment worth considering – “Visions of a World Hungry”

These points of declaration written by Thomas G. Pettepiece in a book "Visions of a World Hungry" are worth reflecting upon.  I have not read the book itself but have this declaration as quoted from another book.  From what I fathom it was written in the late 1970's and this in itself is something to consider, as only now has the ecological crisis become everyday knowledge.  The insight of humankind's danger to the environment was understood many years ago.  I think this is a very well rounded commitment of faith that includes personal commitment, commitment to the poor and commitment to the environment.  Here it is:
1. I declare myself to be a world citizen.
2. I commit myself to lead an ecologically sound life.
3. I commit myself to lead a life of creative simplicity and to share my personal wealth with the world's poor.
4. I commit myself to join with others in reshaping institutions in order to bring about a more just global society in which each person has full access to the needed resources for their physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth.
5. I commit myself to occupational accountability, and in so doing I will seek to avoid the creation of products which cause harm to others.
6. I affirm the gift of my body, and commit myself to its proper nourishment and physical well-being.
7. I commit myself to examine continually my relations with others, and to attempt to relate honestly, morally, and lovingly to those around me.
8. I commit myself to personal renewal through prayer, meditation and study.
9. I commit myself to responsible participation in a community of faith.


John van de Laar said...

What an awesome commitment, Dave. Thanks for posting it - I find ti challenging and inspiring, and I'm keen to use it for my own journey into justice.

Thanks again.


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