September 23rd, 2009Posted by: Theo Nicolakis
We have been collectively preparing for the forthcoming US Visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The Orthodox Observer issue highlighting the visit is at the press, the web site is awaiting public launch, material and press kits are complete or nearing final form, and details of certain venues are being wrapped up.
As one engages in any project, you have the opportunuity to focus on certain areas with an intensity and attention that you ordinarily would not or could not. It’s been a tremendous blessing again to read and reread content from His All Holiness regarding the environment.
Today I was reading references dating back to the 1990s from major news media here in the USA and abroad. What struck me was the genuine admiration that other faith groups or those who looked at religions had for the “Green Patriarch”. From his declaration that to harm the environment is a sin to his ongoing work today, His All Holiness has represented our Orthodox Christian faith and life on a message that few religious leaders have ever done.
Now, as we near the start of his visit to the USA I hope and pray that others will have the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by The Green Patriarch. Maybe, just maybe, we can make a qualitative difference from his message that will come from our own grass roots here in the USA so that everyone, not just environmentalists, will know who the Green Patriarch is.
With the spread and adoption of social media today I am hoping that we just might have a chance to make that happen.