The Doomsday Clock is to remain at just three minutes to midnight. It is a metaphorical clock whose minute hand is there to illustrate how close we are to catastrophe and with terrorism, nuclear weapon's upgrade and environment so fragile the clock has been left at three minutes.
It does illustrate how fragile our place on the planet is yet the threats are all human made - that surely is the biggest irony. Life on planet earth will be fine. It will evolve, change to suit changing environments as it always has. It's just our place that is fragile and we're the cause of that.
That's nothing new but the Doomsday Clock does make that truth somewhat more vivid: the fragility of life.
So how to respond?
Life has always been fragile. Religion rose because of that fragility in a search for something more permanent or eternal. Now in many ways it works in the opposite direction. Yet it still can bring balance and value back to life. We share communion on Sunday and that is case in point where what we do at the table gives meaning to what is fragile and offers cause for hope and rebalancing our relationships with each other and with the world.
The doomsday clock will more in the opposite direction on Sunday.