Christians Hope to Heal the Earth

by Sara Thompson
Staff Writer

The word “tikkun,” in Hebrew means to heal or repair. The Tikkun Study Group, calling Christians to environmental stewardship, is a Bible study with the intention of educating Christians about how healing the environment can and should be a part of their faith.

“The purpose of the group is to explore, evaluate and improve our relationship with God’s creation,” said creator of the group senior Sarah Wilson.
Wilson created the group in an effort to combine both of her passions: Christianity and the environment.

Tikkun members plant seeds in order to further connect themselves with the Earth.“I’ve been a Christian my whole life and from a very young age I’ve been interested in the environment, from scientific, to aesthetic and conservation. It wasn’t until three years ago that I realized it could relate to my faith at all. But now it’s become a really big part of my spiritual life,” said Wilson.

Wilson has been making plans for the group since summer 2008 and has found many scriptural references that support her philosophy. However, the group will not just be looking at Bible verses. They will be learning how to make environmentally-conscious choices.

“It’s not just a bible study. It’s about changing your thought processes and being proactive,” said Wilson.

Wilson also draws on scripture that does not directly relate to the environment, such as one of the Ten Commandments “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Wilson believes that taking care of the environment is another way to take care of the people around you.

“I want people to see how they can honor God and care for others,” said Wilson.

The group meets weekly on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Rosenthal Commons. The upcoming introduction session on Feb. 25 will involve various activities and a more in-depth discussion about the aim of the group. For more information contact Wilson at sawilson09@transy.edu.

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