Love God. Love Your Neighbor. Change the World.

There are two stories of creation in the book of Genesis. In the first, God creates the earth and all the creatures who inhabit the earth, THEN God creates a human, translated from the Hebrew as “earth creature.” In the second account, after God has created the light, water, and earth, God creates the “earth creature,” THEN creates the animals as companions for this creature. Both accounts are clear: humankind and the earth are meant to be in harmony with one another and in harmony with the Creator.

At Church of the Nativity we believe that our faith in Jesus, our reverence for the earth, and our service to others are deeply woven together in our life of faith. We seek a connection to God through our connections with one another, through caring for the natural world, and through an examination of our interior life. All these things are a form of prayer. We hope that the reflections of this blog reveal and inspire this belief.

Taking Care of God’s Creation

by Carl Sigel

I am pleased to post this contribution to the Nativity Caring for Creation blog from Dargan Gilmore. It is an election year, and that means that candidates and their super-PACs are hard at work trying to polarize the issues. Instead of trying to bring people together, it always seems that we are being asked to […]

Growing in God’s Creation: Connect to the Holy around You

by Carl Sigel

In many respects our very well being and the future of our civilization is connected to the health of the earth. We have become alienated from nature in an unprecedented way and we have not been good stewards. Our broken relationship with creation is a reflection of our disrespect for God and for one another. […]

Caring for Creation: A Tradition at Nativity

by Carl Sigel

This week I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email from Rev. Tom Droppers, who served for longer than anyone can remember as the Chair of the Diocesan Environmental Ministry. Tom had found in his email archive the presentation he wrote for the 192nd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of NC in which […]

Solarize the Triangle

by Carl Sigel

Solarize the Triangle is a grassroots campaign that makes it easy and affordable to switch to clean, independent solar power. With our Solarize Partner, St. John’s Episcopal Church of Wake Forest, Nativity will host a Solarize the Triangle information meeting from 7 to 9 pm on March 30. Everyone is welcome. Solarize is quickly becoming […]

Caring for Our Common Home: Addressing Food Insecurity

by Carl Sigel

In December, Church of the Nativity members celebrated our 30th anniversary. Throughout our history, we have lived our faith by serving others and building community. Outreach has been an important focus with an emphasis on hunger and poverty, Earth care, and social justice issues. (http://nativityonline.org/serving/service-outreach/). Many North Carolinians may not know that our state has […]

Caring for Our Common Home: Composting

by Carl Sigel

By composting at home and the church, we can: 1) reduce the amount of garbage we generate, 2) create valuable compost for home and church gardens, and 3) decrease our carbon footprints by sequestering carbon in the soil. At Nativity, we have two compost bins just inside the fence of the Nativity Community Garden. Parishioners […]

The Cosmic Christ: He Was the First Born of All Creation

by Carl Sigel

In a recent series of meditations, Roman Catholic theologian Richard Rohr explored our scientific and theological understandings of Creation. I found these meditations meaningful and timely as we begin the Advent season and celebrate the incarnation of Jesus the Christ into the world. What follows is a brief synthesis of Rohr’s conceptual constructions. Rohr says, […]

Going Deeper into Francis’ Encyclical: Understanding Integral Ecology

by Carl Sigel

Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ should not just be considered as an impassioned call to address climate change. Instead it should be read and studied as providing a new and different worldview for a more sustainable future. Francis makes it clear at the outset that the reason for the encyclical is “to provide guidance in relation […]

Becoming a Deeper Green Church

by Carl Sigel

Sunday, September 20, 9:00 – 10:00 am, 10:15 – 11:15 am Church of the Nativity 8849 Ray Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613 In this era that is described by many as a troubling ecological time, Rev. Dr. Jerry Cappel (pictured above), Environmental Ministry Coordinator, Province IV, The Episcopal Church, in his essay (to be published) entitled […]

Ecological Spirituality: Caring for Our Common Home

by Carl Sigel

Saturday, September 26, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Church of the Nativity 8849 Ray Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613 You are invited to take an active part in a workshop based on Pope Francis’ world – shaking letter LAUDATUM SI’ (Praise be to You, My Lord!). This workshop will give you an opportunity to explore on a […]