Category: scripture

  • Acts of kindness for the healing and protection of nature, our Common Home ~Julie Peller Ph.D

    There are many ways to engage in acts of kindness for the healing and protection of nature, our Common Home.  Many simple acts of kindness can address the critical challenge of the changing climate.  Higher global temperatures are associated with increased concentrations of carbon dioxide and other heat-absorbing gases, driven largely by the burning of […]

  • Isn’t it about hearing the call?

    Merton, Day and others have in their lives wrote about peace, justice, contemplation, and action. Dorothy Day was asked once why she was so focused on antisemitism in the United States, Dorothy said, (and here I find this most applicable to our world today) “We need to recognize other people’s situations. If we don’t then […]

  • Ecological hermeneutics of MT 25

    “I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger, and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me … Just as you […]

  • 30% of food grown worldwide is never consumed BY JULIE PELLER PH.D

    The holiday season is celebrated with festivities involving plentiful food and drinks.  Many view the cooking and sharing of meals as the best parts of the holidays.  It is also a time when people are more inclined to donate to food pantries and volunteer to ensure less fortunate people enjoy full meals.  The grocery stores […]

  • To be remembered

    In many Christian denominations, today is the Feast of Christ the King. A feast celebrated near the end of November and just before Advent. November is a month of remembrance. We remember all those who have passed before us. We all want to be remembered in some way. We put our names on tombstones; we […]

  • How much oil are you wearing today? BY JULIE PELLER PH.D

    Pope Francis explains that “Concern for the environment needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.”  About a half-million metric tons of plastic microfibers, which never decompose, enter the ocean each year, according to the International Union for Conservation of […]

  • The Kingdom of God is here and now.

    “Pay the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and God what belongs to God.” That saying of Jesus from Matthews’s Gospel is one that all scripture scholars from Westar onward all agree is 100% a Jesus original saying. What Jesus is saying to us is to remember who ‘owns‘ the world. And in Isiah 45, […]

  • How many extra t-shirts do you have? BY JULIE PELLER PH.D

    Over a decade ago, I sat in on a very informative presentation about the over-consumption problem in our society.  The excessive acquisition of goods depletes resources, converts natural land to engineered land, creates more waste, utilizes more energy, requires more transportation and the list of unsustainable practices/outcomes goes on.  As an example, the amount of […]

  • What was a big deal for Aristotle should be for us too

    1. ORDER Getting to the root cause was a big deal to Aristotle. The concept Occam’s razor You might remember from your philosophy or science classes—the idea that the simplest explanation is the most likely one? Well, Occam enhanced and promoted the Aristotelian root cause analysis and called it “Occam’s Razor.“  This is the old […]

  • I hear their far-fetched claims… BY JULIE PELLER PH.D

    I continue to run into people who are ardently committed to climate change doubt or denial.  The emotions I mostly feel when I hear their far-fetched claims are sadness and despair for the youth of the world and future generations.  The unfounded perspective of climate change denial is dangerous for the health of the earth […]