Keeping Creation in Mind
I try to keep creation care in the forefront of my congregation’s collective mind. First, I frequently include these issues in our prayers of confession and intercession as well as referring to environmental issues and concerns when appropriate in the sermon. We’re in the mountains of western North Carolina and our summer population swells with weekenders and summer residents.
Therefore, last summer I preached a series of sermons about our “spiritual geography” in an attempt to “hallow the hollers and magnify the mountaintops.” We took a big step this fall when we participated in the North Carolina Council of Churches’ showing of the film An Inconvenient Truth. It was a small, but important, step in raising the moral/ethical/spiritual concerns regarding global warming.
And last but not least, we adopted one of the busiest (and trashiest) miles in the county for monthly litter control. Before entering seminary I had a brief career as an environmental consultant and my call to care for creation is one of the main reasons I entered Columbia. It’s an issue close to my heart and integral in my sense of call.
Billy Robinson ’97
Mount Jefferson Presbyterian Church
West Jefferson, NC