ANOTHER OIL SPILL – THE SAME OLD TRUTH

From THE BATTLE CREEK ENQUIRER:

Under the shade of trees along the Battle Creek River, Father Brian Coleman of St. Thomas Episcopal Church asked the people gathered there today to not only pray for victims of the oil spill, but to ask for forgiveness.

Coleman said the oil spill which has blackened the Kalamazoo River, is as much the fault of the people who drove to the vigil in gasoline powered vehicles as it is Enbridge Inc.'s ruptured pipeline.

"Certainly we need to hold accountable the people who are directly responsible," he said to about 40 people there. "But we also need to hold ourselves accountable."

The pastor recited an ancient proverb that says when the last fish is caught, only then will people realize they can't eat money.

He asked people to symbolically offer repentance into a bowl of water, which was poured into the Battle Creek River that flows to the Kalamazoo. One by one, people cupped their hands into the clean water and wetted their faces or made the sign of the cross.

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ANOTHER OIL SPILL – THE SAME OLD TRUTH — 2 Comments

  1. I live about 15 miles upstream from the oil spill and there are no words adequate to describe my feelings.

    St Thomas Episcopal Church is on the Battle Creek river about 1/2 a mile from where it joins the Kalamazoo River. The parking lot borders the narrow park that runs along the river in downtown Battle Creek. Both rivers are a large part of what makes Battle Creek great.

    The Kalamazoo River is gorgeous in this area. It runs through the town I live in & I shudder at what it would have been like here. I also shudder at what I know it is like west of here, but they are working very hard, very quickly to repair what damage has been done. Yes, it may not be fully ‘fixable’ but everyone is trying to clean the area. Hopefully they will still try to work together to bring the area better & cleaner than it was before.

  2. Hear, hear (Wot skittles said)

    Several fish were (temporarily) on-the-hook (by Yours Truly’s actions), right where the pipe burst into the K’zoo [It might have been more merciful if I had NOT released them back then—several years ago—than what they and/or their descendants are experiencing there now. 🙁 ]