Over the past year, I preached a sermon series on the Torah’s seven days of creation at First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, NY. In this series I lifted up the images of natural beauty and ecological abundance in this passionate text—a text that is too often claimed by (and ceded to) hard-line creationists and climate change deniers. Far from the conservative politics that such voices promote, I see the Genesis text as a call for human humility and environmental stewardship. It highlights the gorgeous and fragile gift we have been given in our planet Earth, celebrates its diversity, and casts humans as merely one thread in its living web. My interpretations in this series are partly my own midrash and partly the insights of traditional commentators. The following article is adapted from a sermon I delivered on the sixth day of creation, the creation of land animals and humans.
The Sixth Day of Creation: Dominion and the Factory Settings
ana levy-lyons is senior minister at First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, New York. She is writing book on the Ten Commandments as a radical spiritual and political vision. Visit facebook.com/Ana.LevyLyons.author. Twitter: @Ana_LevyLyons. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANA LEVY-LYONS; The Sixth Day of Creation: Dominion and the Factory Settings. Tikkun 1 November 2016; 31 (4): 26–29. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08879982-3676855
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