August 9, 2020
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”(Rev. 21:5)
In this time of pandemic, when we urgently have to envision and prepare an alternative future, the Amazon Synod held in October 2019 has a very important message for us.
We may feel like the Amazon is not related to our regional or local situation. But if we see the Amazon as a “lung of the planet,” the “biological heart” of the increasingly threatened Earth, one that is in “a frenzied race to the death,”* then what is said about the organs can be applied to the entire organism—to Gaia, the Greek personification of the Earth. Because the Amazon is a metaphor for the world, this biome symbolizes multiple regions that also suffer from globalized socio-environmental predation.
Therefore, we may find guidance by delving into the contributions and conclusions of the Final Document of the Amazon Synod.Read More