LIVING LIGHT
Living Light
Welcome! You have found the site of the CreationKeepers team (Christ Church's Eco Church Committee), which shares ideas and experiences about how we can all lighten our environmental footprint. We do this because we see our planet and its resources at a breaking point and believe in the power of personal examples. Most weeks, we will reflect on some aspect of living, working, shopping, consuming, reading, learning, etc. These are all local experiences and can easily be adopted by others in our community. Our authors (Rosie and Monika) look forward to any comments or ideas that you may also have and want to share. Send us your ideas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Blog #25: Living Light in Summertime

July 1, 2021
Christ Church Vienna community members
Instead of our regular Living Light blogs, we are publishing haikus composed by parishioners and readers in July and August, sharing moments of joy or reflection in caring for creation. The invitation is to compose a creation-minded thought or observation in three lines, the first one with five syllables, the second one with seven syllables, the third with five syllables again. Please send us your haikus to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will publish new ones weekly!
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Football in the air /
Is it for creation care? / 
I love it so much!
(JV)
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Yellow sunflowers /
Turn their heads throughout the day /
Following their love.
(MW)
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I enjoy ice cream /
Vegan, also otherwise. /
Loving summertime.
(KF)
 
Inspired? Send your haikus to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or any other idea or thought, of course. We'll make sure it becomes part of Living Light in Summertime. Have a great summer! We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Blog #24: Living Light in Summertime

June 24, 2021
Miya Komori & Monika Weber-Fahr
Summertime has officially started this week. Last Tuesday (June 21) marked the summer solstice or midsummer. Next week, children in Vienna go on their two-month long summer breaks. Also, many doctor’s offices and other services will close for some time in the coming month or so, and even Christ Church moves onto a summer schedule. In July and August clocks seem to be ticking slower in Vienna.
Summertime is, for many of us, an opportunity, indeed an invitation to notice life around ourselves with more attention. We take time out of our busy schedules and we are able to slow down and create more harmony between the speed at which we live and the pace of nature and its beings. It is a perfect time, it seems, for reflecting on what God’s creation means to us.
In this very spirit, Living Light in Summertime invites our readers to share short observations on creation or creation keeping. To make it easy, we thought of haikus as the main format. Haikus are a short form of poetry, originally from Japan. Traditionally, they consist of three phrases in a 5-7-5 pattern, containing a seasonal reference. They will be a good fit for the Living Light Blog. So the invitation to you all is to compose a creation-minded thought or observation in three lines, the first one with five syllables, the second one with seven syllables, the third with five syllables again.
Easy enough? Here are three examples.
 
Elderflower blossoms / 
captured in a spider's web /
dreams of stars and lace.
 
 BBQ tonight /
Will there be veggies? /
Zuchinis are great.
 
The heat burns outside /
“No AC”, says my green mind /
And welcomes the wind.
 
Inspired? Send your haikus to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or any other idea or thought, of course. We'll make sure it becomes part of Living Light in Summertime
Have a great summer! We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Blog #23: Rosie Evans. CreationKeeper.

June 17, 2021
Monika Weber-Fahr
Later this month, Rosie Evans, Christ Church Vienna Intern and one of the CreationKeepers, is leaving us for greener pastures. As part of her farewell, we asked her to fill out the Proust Questionnaire for us. The questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. For this week's Living Light blog, we have slightly adapted the basic Proust Questionnaire to see what messages Rosie would like to leave us with. Enjoy! You were wondering what a CreationKeeper is? It's the name and theme or motto that those of us on the eco-church committee at Christ Church Vienna chose for us and our work.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness as a CreationKeeper?

A world where we all take measures to care for our environment, look after God’s creation, and can more readily appreciate its beauty.

2. What is your greatest fear as a Creation Keeper?

A concern rather than a fear: that we continue to use up the earth’s resources without regard for others and for future generations.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself as a Creation Keeper?

Wastefulness (of energy, resources, food etc.).

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others as a Creation Keeper?

Wastefulness (of energy, resources, food etc.).

5. Which living person do you most admire as a Creation Keeper?

Hannah Malcolm. She's the winner of the first Theology Slam for her presentation on Theology and the Environment. Her work is worth a listen/read/watch!

6. What is your greatest extravagance as a Creation Keeper?

Paper. I admit that printing and writing out my notes is something I continue to do. Sometimes screens just don’t cut it! Though maybe I should make a compromise?

7. What is your current state of mind as a Creation Keeper?

A splash of sorrow coupled with many glimpses of hope and encouragement, that together, and with God’s guidance, we can make a positive difference.

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue as a Creation Keeper?

Patience. I never thought I would write of patience being an overrated virtue. In fact, being patient is a characteristic that I truly value. But not where climate change is concerned. Climate change itself is not patient, and we therefore cannot afford to be either!

9. On what occasion do you lie as a Creation Keeper?

I’m not sure I do? Honesty is important!

10. What do you most dislike about your appearance as a Creation Keeper?

To be honest, being a Creation Keeper and realising that we are all made in the image of God does wonders for body image - it has for me at least!

11. Which living person do you most despise as a Creation Keeper?

If I had to say, it would be people who don’t put recyclable materials in the recycling bin (of which I am also guilty!). But nobody is perfect!

12. What is the quality you most like in a man as a Creation Keeper?

A willingness to listen to concerns about climate change and to play their part in caring for creation. 

13. What is the quality you most like in a woman as a Creation Keeper?

A willingness to listen to concerns about climate change and to play their part in caring for creation. 

14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse as a Creation Keeper?

Stewardship, love and care are the most regularly-used words as a Creation Keeper, although I don’t think one can ever overuse these words!

15. What or who is the greatest love of your life as a Creation Keeper?

Of course, the Lord and his creation. Though, I am also loving looking through the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition! There are so many beautiful images of wildlife to look at!

  Farewell Rosie! CreationKeeper, now and always!
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