A Christian Declaration on the Spiritual Values of Wilderness
A caolition of Christian organisations from USA2006
The statement ‘God’s Gift of a Wild and Wonderful Land‘ represents basic Christian principles about wilderness and our human spiritual need that emerged from our time of prayer, reflection and wilderness experience on a weekend hike from Spruce Knob down to Seneca Creek, West-Virginia (USA) during mid-June, 2006. The spiritual values discussed are: In wilderness we learn about God; wilderness cultivate community, wilderness is God’s gift of creation undefiled; in wilderness we cleanse our minds and spirits; wilderness nurtures a sense of beauty and traditional values; wilderness teaches humility; wilderness presents contrasting choices. Scriptural citations had been added to show that these insights are not new, but elaborations of ancient although often overlooked Biblical themes. Recommendations for action include: Take the time to visit wilderness; love what God has created; encourage others into greater respect for wilderness; bring young people and youth groups into wilderness; seek to preserve, protect and expand wilderness; protect the beauty of the land undefiled; expand wilderness in West Virginia; and remember that wilderness protection is service to God and country.
God’s Gift of a Wild and Wonderful Land. A Christian Declaration on the Spiritual Values of West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest (2006) Christians for the Mountains, Christians Caring for Creation, Commission on Religion in Appalachia, The Religious Campaign for Wilderness, National Religious Coalition on Creation Care, United Methodist Appalachian Ministries, West Virginia Council of Churches.