Pastoral Teaching from the Bishops of The Episcopal Church
Notes on the Sermon by The Rev. James Knutsen
Shepherd by the Sea Episcopal Lutheran Mission, Gualala, CA
October 2, 2011
In his sermon, The Rev. James Knutsen made reference to the Pastoral Teaching from the Bishops of The Episcopal Church on the environment. The Pastoral Teaching was approved for distribution to The Episcopal Church by the House of Bishops meeting in Quito, Ecuador, September 15-20, 2011.
The complete Pastoral Teaching is available on the next page as a pdf file.
Also in his sermon, Fr. Knutsen made reference to an article published in the New York Times on Saturday, October 1. That article, With Deaths of Forests, a Loss of Key Climate Protectors, discusses the reciprocal effects of climate change on forests. Climate change is affecting forests, mostly negatively, as warmer weather weakens the ability of trees to resist pests and diseases. The loss of forests in turn affects the climate, again usually with negative effects. The article can be read at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/science/earth/01forest.html?hpw.