15 October 2009

The Icefjord Commitment

The Icefjord Commitment

"Amidst the wisdom and majesty of water, ice and sunlight, we have prayed within the realm of our own traditions.

Now we stand side by side in acknowledgement of our responsibility toward God’s creation.

We recognize the interdependence of all life, that in its many manifestations sustains this planet, and realise our dependence on this myriad of relationships.

We commit ourselves to the simplest acts of love, compassion and gratitude toward the vast web of life.

The Earth is a living entity with incredible healing powers, and we have much to learn.

It is the task of our generation to leave this sacred Earth, in all its wisdom and beauty to the generations to come.

Let the work begin.

We make this pledge before the whole of creation."

This statement was made by several religious leaders who met under the auspices of His All Holiness Batholomew in September 2007 at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland.