Native American Religious Freedom after Trump

Native American Religious Freedom after Trump, by Dana Lloyd, December 14, 2020, Responding to: Rethinking U.S. Domestic Religious Freedom. Dana Lloyd is a visiting scholar and lecturer in the Program of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University, as well as a research fellow at the Indigenous Values Initiative. Her book, Arguing for This Land: Rethinking Indigenous Sacred Sites https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/responses/native-american-religious-freedom-after-trump Religion is …

What Fifteenth-Century Papal Bulls Can Teach Us About Indigenous Identity: Over more than 500 years, a system of domination was globalized

By: Steven Newcomb, Berkeley Center, October 21, 2020 Responding to: Indigenous Peoples, Sacred Rights, and Religious Freedom In a brilliant essay, “Decolonial Theology and Changing the Global Church” on the Berkley Forum, Dr. Debora Tonelli says that “At the end of official colonialism, religion has often been the space in which colonized people have fought to build their new identity.” With regard …

‘She had the courage to act on her knowledge’: Civil disobedience saved Pope Francis’ life when he was young. ‘I’ll always owe them so much. They fought for me to the end…They taught me what it is to use science but also to know when to go beyond it to meet particular needs.’

Pope Francis reveals an important story from his life, in his recent piece in the NYTimes, and also shares a quote: “Where the danger is, also grows the saving power.” That’s the genius in the human story: There’s always a way to escape destruction. Where humankind has to act is precisely there, in the threat itself; that’s where the door …

No recovery without a universal income?

The coronavirus crisis could pave the way to universal basic income, Apr. 16 2020, CNBC, Sam Meredith@SMEREDITH19 KEY POINTS Guy Standing, a research professor in development studies at SOAS, University of London, told CNBC via telephone that there was no prospect of a global economic revival without a universal basic income. The International Monetary Fund expects the global economy in …

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 …