3rd March 2011, 11:57 PM
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Manipulation Resistance Team
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Join Date: 5th February 2002
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Saving the 1600-year-old "church forests" of Ethiopia (scroll down for great photos)
In America, some fundamental Christians believe that man has a God-given right to use the earth and all its resources to meet their needs. After all, Genesis says so. But across the Atlantic, a different attitude prevails among followers in Ethiopia, which has the longest continuous tradition of Christianity
of any African country. Followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Churches
believe they should maintain a home for all of Godís creatures around their places of worship. The result? Forests ringing churches.
There are some 35,000 church forests in Ethiopia, ranging in size from a few acres to 300 hectares. Some churches and their forests may date back to the fourth century, and all are remnants of Ethiopiaís historic Afromontane forests. To their followers, they are a sacred symbol of the garden of Eden ó to be loved and cared for, but not worshipped.
- Fr. Gregory Jensen
The more I follow the online discussions ... the more I follow the debates and disagreements in the Church about administrative unity, or the concerns expressed about the moral or personal or administrative or leadership failings of the bishops or the clergy, the more I become convinced that whatever might be the truth of these concerns, ALL of this is simply a distraction. No, itís more than that. Itís a justification, an excuse, for not helping each other and those outside the Church fall in love with Jesus Christ. How easy it is to talk about everything, but about Jesus hardly at all.