Kosmos editor, Rhonda Fabian, interviews Sister Miriam MacGillis at Genesis Farm Ecological Center….
“The realization that the entire Earth and all its life communities are the primary revelation of the divine, is a mystery we are immersed in on these lands comprising Genesis Farm and in this bioregion. From this perspective, every place is fundamentally, inherently sacred. It is a fragment of the most sacred text out of which the divine or the Great Mystery can be encountered. To desecrate it is not only sacrilegious but is also blasphemous. Western cultures especially have not been able to understand that our abstract understandings of the divine need to be corrected to include what Thomas Berry would describe as ‘the primary revelation, the primary sacred text’, from which our different cultural texts were derived in the first place. Thus he challenged all the worlds’ religions to go back to their “origin stories” and without losing any of the wisdom they might contain, adjust them to the cosmological deficiencies they are now able to correct.
“In the more recent years of growing ecological awareness, geologists, hydrologists, ecologists and others have been suggesting that the actual scale of a watershed is an appropriate scale to begin the restorative work necessary to correct the massive destruction, poisoning and habitat extinction that has accompanied the last century of industrialization.
“It is possible in this dire hour of destruction to correct the cosmological course of this alienation and to recover our fundamental embeddedness and dependency on the entire Earth as a single sacred community.”
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