November 2, 2009
By The Rev. Bud Heckman
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, standing before the recent Great Mississippi River Symposium in New Orleans, urged people of faith to protect the earth with earnestness. He said, “Our successes, our failures, personal and collective, determine the lives of billions. Our decisions, personal and collective, determine the future of the planet. “ He noted that decisions made at the local level had global implications.