A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

Pope to International Association of Penal Law: Destroying the Earth — the massive contamination of air, land and water resources, large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem — should be a crime

Addressing the International Association of Penal Law in the Vatican on 15th November 2019, Pope Francis proposed that “sins against ecology” be added to the teachings of the Catholic Church and went a step further, saying “ecocide” should be a fifth category of crimes against peace at the international level. The Pope described acts that “can be considered as ‘ecocide’: …

The work of justice is the work of creating a new future together

The work of justice is the work of creating a new future together. Nature is oriented toward the wholeness of life–living entities work better together than apart, and it is the communal nature of life that makes wholeness foundational for life flourishing. Costly love is making a new future through mercy, forgiveness and sacrifice, a transformation that often requires death. …

Thanksgiving Greetings to the Natural World: Haudenosaunee Words that Come Before All Else: We are thankful…Now our minds are one

Haudenosaunee tradition teaches us that peace requires gratitude.  We are to be thankful for the living world.  Our relationship to the Earth is the basis of our sustenance and our peacefulness.  Our Mother Earth connects us to a perpetual process of creation, and she continues to provide all we need to be happy and healthy. americanindian.si.edu/environment/pdf/01_02_Thanksgiving_Address.pdf Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address             …

Love all Creation. The whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the plants. Love the animals. Love everything.

Another way of opposing the extractive economy… How Russian Orthodox writer Dostoyevsky puts it in Brothers Karamazov: Love all Creation. The whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, and every ray of light. Love the plants. Love the animals. Love everything.If you love everything you will perceive the Divine Mystery in all things. Once you perceive …

Reaching everyday people, based on values, religion and health

Excerpt from Deutsche Welle, Nov 2019 DW’s Director General Peter Limbourg (main picture) told the Karachi Eco Islam conference that it was high time to bring religion into the climate-change discussion. “Religious leaders have a great reach to the common people. Sometimes even the government and media can’t influence them that way. It is also important to remind people that …

While Warning of Nazi-Like Fascism and Corporate Crimes, Pope Francis Proposes Adding ‘Ecological Sin’ to Church Teachings

November 16, 2019 by Common Dreams. In remarks at the Vatican, the leader of the Catholic Church condemned “the large-scale delinquency of corporations.”by Jon Queally, staff writer Pope Francis speaking to the European Parliament in 2014. (Photo: EU/flickr/cc) During a speech at the Vatican before the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, a network of justice …

Where Does Creativity Come From? Everything has within itself the power of creativity, the power of giving birth, the power of surprising us, the emergence of beauty

By Matthew Fox, October 9 2019  Today’s science is finding that the whole universe is permeated with the power of creativity.  Physicist Brian Swimme puts it this way: “If you let hydrogen gas alone for 13 billion years it will become giraffes, rose bushes and humans.”   This is another way of saying that everything has within itself the power of creativity, the …

City collaborations with faith communities around climate

OCTOBER 2, 2019 In 2012, an estimated 69 percent of Americans self-identified as either moderately or very religious, and there are an estimated 350,000 church communities in the United States. For cities, improving engagement and communication strategies with faith communities and working closely with their leaders — who can serve as trusted messengers — could help accelerate both local and federal climate efforts. In recent years, many …

‘We are called to be universe disturbers. That is what we are calling you to be.’

Global Sisters Report, Sept. 2019 It’s Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, and Dominican Sisters Ardeth Platte, Carol Gilbert and Jackie Hudson are walking a field in Weld County, Colorado. Scattered throughout are underground silos that harbor the LGM-30G Minuteman III, an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead that can obliterate most buildings and human beings inside a 4-mile-wide circle. More than 400 …