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A series of essays towards General Convention in 2003


An Open Letter to God

An Open Letter to God

By The Rev. Gary Steele garysteele@ak.net

Dedicated to Sarah and Tessa

Dear Father God,

It would seem that we humans have been good children and fulfilled the charge you gave us to "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.(KJV).

Now what do we do?

In fact, it seems that we have multiplied so effectively that we have over-populated the earth. We have subdued and dominioned so thoroughly that we are now using earth's resources faster than they are being replenished.

We have done this by men and women leaving, cleaving, reproducing and one- fleshing - just like you said.

Might we also at this juncture look at OTHER relationships that might be fruitful in OTHER ways?

In fact, it looks like from down here, if we don't do something else quick that a major crisis is on the way not only for our species but the whole planet as well - that if we keep on multiplying and subduing and dominioning, we are toast.

We really need some additional instructions at this point. With all due respect, perhaps the Canon was closed prematurely.

Or are you expecting us to NOT remain as children - perpetually dependant on your Holy Paternity, but expecting us, having been raised in your house, to now accept the responsibility of human adulthood, and make some decisions for ourselves? Is it now time for adolescent humanity to assume the responsibilities of young adulthood, entering into a relationship with You as adult children?

If that is the case, we could sure use some word of approval. And if it could come before next summer, your Episcopalian children down here would be especially appreciative.

Love,

Your human children

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You are welcome to submit your essays for consideration for this series. Send them to lcrew@newark.rutgers.edu Identify yourself by name, snail address, parish, and other connections to the Episcopal Church. Please encourage others to do the same.

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