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Title: Columbia River Pastoral


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Columbia River Pastoral
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Columbia River Pastoral
God looked at everything God had made, and found
it very good Genesis 131
We cannot interfere in one area of the ecosystem
without paying due attention both to the
consequences of such interference in other areas
and to the well being of future generations. . .
Pope John Paul II, 1990 The fundamental
relation between humanity and nature is one of
caring for creation. ---The Catholic Bishops of
the United States Renewing the Earth, 1991
All of us are in the watershed of the Columbia
River
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In both the Old and New Testaments, there are
many images of nature and the world about us
You springs of the Lord, bless the Lord Seas
and rivers bless the Lord You dolphins and all
water creatures, bless the Lord. . . Daniel 3
  • The New Testament Sea of Galilee and fields
    provide a rich setting of observing life
  • St. Francis of Assisi great sensitivity to
    creation about him

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  • Deepening appreciation in the Church
  • Pope John Paul II World Day of Peace
    Message, 1990 The Ecological Crisis A Common
    Responsibility
  • US Bishops, 1991 Renewing the Earth
  • Pope John Paul II 1999 World Day of Peace
    Message on Human Rights - Right to Clean
    Environment
  • 1996 And God Saw It Was Good A Compendium of
    Catholic Theology and Environment by Walt Grazer
    and Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J.
  • 2000 Feast of St. Francis in New England
    Pastoral Letter By Bishops of the Region

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1993 US Bishops Pastoral Letter - Themes
  1. A God-centered and sacramental view of the
    universe, which grounds human accountability for
    the fate of each.
  2. A consistent respect for human life which extends
    to respect for all of creation.
  3. A world view affirming the ethical significance
    of global interdependence and the common good.
  4. An ethic of solidarity promoting cooperation and
    a just sharing in the world community.

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  • An understanding of the universal purpose of
    created things, which requires equitable use of
    resources stewardship.
  • An option for the poor, which gives passion to
    the quest for an equitable and sustainable world.
  • A conception of authentic development which
    offers a direction for progress that respects
    human dignity and the limits of material growth.

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History and Process of the Pastoral Letter
Meeting at Mt. Angel Opportunity for
spiritual, pastoral reflection applying
principles of Catholic Social Teaching to the
environment.
  • Complexity of the watershed and multiple concerns
  • Establishment of the Steering Committee
  • Consultation Process 8 Readings of the Signs
    of the the TimesPortland, Seattle, Toppenish,
    Hanford, Hermiston, Umatilla, Castlegar, Spokane
  • Preparation and Implementation

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Pastoral Letter Outline Introduction Caring for
Creation
  1. River of the Moment Analyze
  2. River of Our Memory Reflect
  3. River of Our Vision Imagine
  4. River As Our Responsibility - Act

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River of the Moment Complexity of Watershed
  • International
  • Flowing Waters and Lakes
  • Surrounding Habitat
  • Native Peoples and Their Culture and History
  • A Water Highway
  • Energy Production
  • Irrigation
  • Recreation
  • Flood Control
  • Competing Interests and Values
  • Concerns
  • Depletion of Salmon Runs
  • Environmental Degradation Hanford, Silver
    Valley
  • Sustainability

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Concern for
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River of Memory
  • Regional and Religious Traditions
  • Native Peoples
  • Dramatic Changes
  • Economic Development
  • Personal History

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River of Our Vision
  • Appreciation of The Gift of Creation
  • Consistent Respect for Human Life
  • International and Global Interdependence
    Solidarity With One Another
  • Authentic Development Wise Use of Resources

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River of Our Responsibility Action for the
Future
  • Common Good
  • Conservation of the watershed as a common good
  • Protect species of wildlife
  • Respect dignity and traditions of the regions
    indigenous peoples
  • Promote justice for the poor, linking economic
    justice and environmental justice
  • Promote community resolution of economic and
    ecological issues
  • Promote social and ecological responsibility

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  • Conserve energy and investigate alternative
    energy sources.
  • Respect diversity of cultures.
  • Integrate transportation and recreational needs
    with sustainable ecosystem requirements through
    civil dialogue and wise decisions.

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Reflections on the Process
  1. The process may be just as valuable as the end
    product.
  2. Ecumenical Interest This effort has struck a
    vibrant cord in many congregations.
  3. Media attention both secular and religious
    documentaries. Umatillas video Beyond Impasse
  4. Encouragement of civil dialogue media
    attention. Meeting in St. Mary Parish, Spokane
    and Holy Family Parish Clarkston . Vision calls
    for respect and listening.
  5. A common spiritual appreciation of our beautiful
    Northwest.
  6. Vision for the future.

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