A part of Creation, not above it

On February 27, Theology on Tap welcomed Sr. Noreen Allosery-Walsh, OSU and her talk "Our Lenten Journey — Engaging the World from an Ecological Perspective".

Sr. Noreen spoke of how faith and science can be united through the discipline of cosmology, or viewing Creation in the context of the universe.

God created both the heavens and Earth, and thus it is humanity’s responsibility to see that all of Creation is protected and respected. Yet, we as humanity are in conflict with our environment, due to unsustainable use of resources. The abuse of resources such as rivers, forests and oceans prevents these parts of Creation from fulfilling their God-assigned vocations to provide clean water, clean air, and food resources.

In order to tackle this abuse, Sr. Noreen urged people to view themselves as part of Creation, not above it. Humanity’s vocation to “have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth” can only be achieved if we allow these parts of creation to fulfill their own vocations. To close, Sr. Noreen urged the audience to see that:

“The Universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects to be exploited”.

Write-up by Audrey Reid, photo by Jeremiah Sacay. Click here for more photos.