‘Blessing of the bikes’ helps churches make climate change a local issue

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Using a sprig of cedar, officiant Ann Russell sprinkles holy water on a bike and its rider at the sixth annual Blessing of the Bikes at Toronto's Trinity-St. Paul's United Church on June 7, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Ron Csillag

Using a sprig of cedar, officiant Ann Russell sprinkles holy water on a bike and its rider at the sixth annual Blessing of the Bikes at Toronto's Trinity-St. Paul's United Church on June 7, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Ron Csillag

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(RNS) Trinity-St. Paul's United Church in Toronto this week held its sixth annual Blessing of the Bikes -- a type of local event that has become more common as a growing number of churches consider the idea that protecting the environment is not just a scientific or political debate, but a spiritual one.

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  • “Vatican ….framing climate change action as a moral and religious imperative.”

    Ridiculous. Religion makes no sense whatsoever.

    Science says humanity is doomed if we don’t conquer climate change.
    Science tells us too much carbon in the atmosphere is the cause.
    Science offers clean remedies: unlimited solar, wind and battery power.

    What on EARTH does religion have to do with any of this?
    The only contribution religion has made so far is to deny the SCIENCE!

    The Catholic Church says they do not deny the science
    but how can a criminal organization of pedophiles (25,000 cases in the USA alone!) and apologists for murderers (Rwandan killers are just one example) speak of MORALITY !??

    I wouldn’t allow myself to be spoken to in that tone of voice.

  • dmj76

    Why not save your energy to attack the religious when they do something bad? This looks pretty harmless.
    best wishes

  • Whenever a religion – Catholic or otherwise – claims a moral high ground
    it is begging for a merciless argument.

  • Doc Anthony

    Including the global warming religion !!!!!!!!!!

  • dmj76

    Dear Doc Anthony

    Why do so many conservative Christians oppose mainline science on climate change? Is there a doctrinal basis for this? I can understand stuff like evolution or the big bang, but climate change?

    best wishes

  • Doc Anthony is against all empirical evidence.

    Thanks to his deal with God he rejects science as most Christians do.*
    He probably doesn’t even believe his computer or this very network function because of the purest sciences – wireless technology being entirely dependent on an understanding of quantum physics.

    Religion is not satisfied to keep its primitive theories to itself. It insists on claiming ownership of all evidence everywhere.

    “All things seen and unseen” – (Collosians 1:16)

    Primitive, dangerous nonsense – may it all be abandoned.

    *56% of Christians believe in Creationism (Pew Research)

  • Actual “Science…” says no such thing.
    This is propaganda by MiniTrue (read Orwell).

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/

  • ronald

    Dmj76,

    I cannot speak for the good Doctor, but noted Biblical scholar Ann Coulter has this to say about the Christian stance on environmentalism:

    “The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man’s dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it’s yours. That’s our job: drilling, mining and stripping. …Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that’s the Biblical view.”

    I believe she is quoting from Genesis although probably not the King James translation.

    Yours in Christ,
    Ronald

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  • dmj76

    Hi

    I went to the web site. It seems to differ from what we see in popular items like Scientific American, Science News, etc.

    What is the source of your confidence in the site you sent me to?

    I do not know enough about climate science to argue about it, but I do appreciate scientific consensus. Also,it seems that many (not all) of the climate skeptics have some sort of religious agenda that I do not understand.

    best wishes

  • John Bell

    Perhaps you should read this again. This church is celebrating cycling as one (among many) response to climate change and environmental degradation. I happen to know that this same church became the first Canadian congregation to divest from the fossil fuels industry. As an atheist, I commend faith communities and any other institutions that are taking concrete steps to improve the environment.

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