Presbyterians for Earth Care Team
The PEC Team is part of a nationwide organization of Presbyterians for Earth Care found in Presbyterian (USA) churches and presbyteries all over the country. This team seeks to educate the presbytery concerning environmental issues and to advocate for overtures that will be taken to General Assembly. Come join us in this effort to protect our environment and to improve the way we use our natural resources. Call the Presbytery office at (701)772-0783 or contact the Team chair, Rev. Paul Henschen at (701)349-4007. Rev. Henschen is also on the national Steering Committee for Presbyterians for Earth Care.
The work of this team is founded on scripture. In Genesis 1:26, 28 humankind has “dominion” over the animals of the earth. This means that like any good king or queen, we are to care for and protect the creatures of the earth. The goal is to keep creation in its original and God-given state of being “very good” (Genesis 1:31). In the second creation story beginning at Genesis 2:4b, humankind is given the vocation of “tilling and keeping” the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15). Again, we are given the lifetime responsibility of taking care of the earth and all its creatures.
In Psalm 8:4-6, humankind is given dominion over the works of God’s hands. Again, the word “dominion” refers to how royalty treats its subjects. We are entrusted by God the task of caring for all things on earth, and God will hold us responsible for our efforts. Psalm 24:1 declares that there is only one Sovereign, and that One is not us: "The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it" (see also Psalm 8:1, 9). If we act as if the earth is ours to do with as we wish, we are clearly not following what scripture teaches.
Our PEC Team supports the efforts by the Standing Rock Tribe to stop the construction of the ND Access Pipeline. We believe this pipeline will endanger water resources not only for the tribal people but for all of us. If you wish to support this cause, we recommend the Lakota People's Law Project, 740 Front St. Suite 265, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Click here for more information.