Category: learn-earn-return

  • Green Junction: Look around the house what do so many items have in common? By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    What do curtains, carpets, furniture fabrics, insulation, and certain plastics often have in common? Flame retardants; are chemical additives that have been incorporated into many common goods and often in response to state and federal flammability requirements. As the name implies, these chemical compounds are added to reduce the flammability of materials or slow the […]

  • Green Junction: God’s gift of Creation by Julie Peller

    For the protection of the earth, God’s gift of Creation, it is beneficial to devote time in our busy lives to take in nature’s beauty in a way that rouses feelings of profound gratitude. How much time do most people spend connecting with the natural world and how does this compare to time spent doing […]

  • Green Junction: Katharine Hayhoe educates us by Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Katharine Hayhoe continues to be an educated, spiritual and effective communicator of climate change information. She is an atmospheric scientist and is currently the chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy. For many years, she has produced a series of videos under the title “Global Weirding,” available on YouTube. The videos help to explain different climate […]

  • Thinking about Christmas

    I wonder how many pastors or parishioners understand the history of Christmas. From the time of Jesus’ death, the birth never had the same significance as Easter until the 1400s. It didn’t become a liturgical celebration until around 333 because the Holy Roman Empire needed to deal with the pagan solstice. What better way than […]

  • Green Junction: The Treacherous Reality of Tree Loss By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    For areas of the Northern Hemisphere that experience four distinctive weather seasons, it is the time of the year when trees provide an ablaze of colors, one of nature’s stunning wonders. In addition to their visual beauty, trees provide oxygen, shade, ecosystems, and so much more to life on earth. The tree cover worldwide plays […]

  • In the time of our lives….

    This weekend in David Bentley Hart’s, Leaves in the Wind, part two of “Mind, Nature, Emergence” we find much to reflect upon in our world of the autonomous revolution where AI will become the dominant factor as much as what automation was to the industrial revolution. In the world that Kevin Kelly calls the “Technium” […]

  • Eudaimonia is the Anthesis of Authoritarianism

    Eudaimonia is the Antithesis of Authoritarianism  The Wisdom of Aristotle and the ‘Greater Good’ is the Difference in being human and the Difference it makes in the words of Peter, Paul & Mary: “When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn.” Examples of authoritarianism are throughout history. We see the path to the […]

  • Green Junction: New Ideas Turn Into New Products by Julie Peller Ph.D.

    New ideas often turn into products marketed as more stuff to buy to make life easier and better. Detergent pods were launched in 2012, an example of newer stuff for cleaning clothes. Even though there have been many different detergents available, the lure of popping a pod into a washing machine, evidently easier than measuring […]

  • Sue Monk and After Jesus Before Christianity

    Sue Monk who wrote the Forward to the book “After Jesus Before Christianity”  hosted a one-hour discussion with two of the authors of the book.  Keep in mind The work of this book is the work of three authors and the Christianity Seminar part one, team which is a multitude of biblical scholars and historians. The research lasted […]

  • Something Special about Halloween, All Saints and ClimateSe

    There is, for me, something special about Halloween and All Saints Day. Together they are the Apex of the FALL season.Living in the Midwest, you get to experience four and sometimes five seasons, LOL. In each, we experience change. Reflecting on Richard Rohr’s “The First Bible,” we see a theology of creation. The Significant Other […]