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 …

Responding to Existential Despair

By Chris Wright, Ahtribune.comAugust 31, 2019 | EDUCATE! Decades ago, Edward Said remarked that contemporary life is characterized by a “generalized condition of homelessness.” Decades earlier, Heidegger had written that “Homelessness is coming to be the destiny of the world.” Around the same time, fascists were invoking the themes of blood and soil, nation, race, community, as intoxicating antidotes to the mass anonymity and depersonalization …

How do we cure the disease called Apathy, Inertia or Acedia,“the lack of energy to begin new things? Zeal comes from an intense experience of the beauty of things.”

By Matthew Fox, Sept 3, 2019 27 years ago Lester Brown of the World Watch Institute delivered an address to the Shumacher Institute that ended with this statement: “The number one obstacle to an environmental revolution today is:  Human Inertia.”  Has much changed in these past twenty-five years?  How is human inertia or apathy still today a key issue as …

A Season for Prophetic Action

Vatican Media Screenshot Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation ‘Each Christian man and woman, every member of the human family, can act as a thin yet unique and indispensable thread in weaving a network of life that embraces everyone’1 SEPT 2019 ZENIT STAFF FRANCIS Below is Pope Francis’ message for the 5th World Day of Prayer for …

If this is a time of reversal and collapse in the church, bring it on

In each instance there was no circuit breaker for reality to enter and avoid inevitable disaster. Tuchman shows how imperial powers in the pursuit of their best self-interest have acted in ways that contributed to their own undoing. Hubris, corporate narcissism and blindness to the need for reform and ways to avert disaster have had full play. – Michael Kelly …