Purpose

Our aim with peopleplanetprophet is to encourage and challenge Christians to engage with environmental issues as a key part of life, faith and God’s mission for the church.  In our interconnected world, of course, environmental issues are also cultural, social, economic, political and theological issues too.  We’re both Christian environmentalists from Ireland and so have a particular but not exclusive focus on the Irish church.  While our island is famous for its forty shades of green, its churches, sadly, have often skimped on this part of the Christian mandate.  Increasingly, however, the church – in Ireland and around the world – is rediscovering the biblical call to care for creation.  We aspire to speak sensitively but prophetically into this context: of people, of the planet and of God’s love for both.

Christians of course don’t always agree on everything: if you put ten in a room you’ll end up with eleven different opinions.  For this reason our other aim with peopleplanetprophet is to provide, in addition to our perspectives on Christianity and the environment, a digital venue for others to share their perspectives too.  Please feel free to comment on our writing.  You might think we’re spot-on with our analysis or that we’re completely off-course.  Either way, we appreciate any thoughts you might want to share.

The name of our website is a play on a popular sustainability slogan – people, planet, profit.  This represents the balance of social, environmental and economic factors necessary for a flourishing world.  While we agree with this view, we also believe in the vital spiritual dimension of life, and of the importance of relationships not only between God and people, but also between God and nature, as well as between people and nature.  For this reason the ‘prophet’ in our name refers to the biblical imperative of gracefully speaking the truth into every situation and relationship-type that makes up our wonderful world, especially the connections between Christians and the environment.

Whether it’s to do with people or the planet, Christianity or the cosmos, Jesus Christ remains the inspiration and model for how we think about and act upon all of these things.    These words from Colossians 1 summarise perfectly the significance of the author, sustainer, lover and saviour of life:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church.  He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.  For in him the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

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