Message from the President
Creation Care at George Fox
God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! (Genesis 1:29-30)
Have you ever wondered what God thinks of the way we have treated his creation? No matter what political party you support, it is increasingly evident that we humans have had a negative impact on the trees, water and land where we live.
We at George Fox believe that being good stewards of the earth is part of obeying God’s command to love our neighbor, especially the most vulnerable
Awareness of our environmental impact has increased over the past few decades. This issue has historically not received much attention from our churches, but the concept of caring for creation is one that resonates with today’s evangelical youth.
As Christians, we know that how we treat God’s creation matters. We trace back our God-given responsibility to the beginning – to Genesis. Additionally, we at George Fox believe that being good stewards of the earth is part of obeying God’s command to love our neighbor, especially the most vulnerable. Today’s major environmental problems hurt the world’s poor in a disproportionate way and are a toxic legacy for future generations.
This past spring, the university included stewardship of the earth as a significant goal of our long-term strategic plan. In this issue of Journal, you can read about our campus efforts to be better stewards of our environment – through both educational and more tangible actions. We introduce you to a couple of our alumni whose work has the potential to reduce pollution and improve the lives of people around the world. Our faculty also have a few suggestions for how you can join us in caring for God’s creation.
Join us as we take up the challenge that God gave the very first humans — to care and steward the world He created.