As I was driving on Santa Fe in Littleton, I passed a light rail station and read this on an RTD car, “Caring for people, not profits.” Is that a good motto for Denver’s light rail system? Or is it a false dichotomy? I am not complaining about the RTD service per se. Rather, I […] […]Read more "Give Profits a Chance — Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D."
A wonderful reflection for this Second Sunday of Easter from my good friend Jake Owensby! Forgiveness is what love looks like when you don’t feel like it. That’s a paraphrase of something Wendell Berry once said. To put that a different way, forgiveness is the kind of love that we give imperfect things. Things that […] […]Read more "Loving a Flawed World – Jake Owensby — Pastor Michael Moore’s Blog"
On this day in 1945, the great Lutheran Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “This is the end—for me, the beginning of life” ~ he was 39 years old at the time of his death. A theologian who understood the meaning of the ‘greater good.’ Bonhoeffer was a small ‘c’ catholic, and if you read his works, […]Read more "“This is the end—for me, the beginning of life” ~ Bonhoeffer"
Exposure to heavy metal pollution is a problem around the globe. Many heavy metals, such as lead, chromium, arsenic, and mercury, can lead to serious harm upon exposure, often in meager amounts. Heavy metals can be taken in the body through food, water, air, and commercial products, such as old paint, treated lumber, old pipes, […]Read more "Green Junction: Heavy metal pollution is a problem by Julie Peller Ph.D"
History has taught us that “religion” is not divorced from the work-a-day world. Matthew 5 is a good example. Social Justice programs in churches during the entire industrial revolution (which just recently ended) brought about a greater awareness of church and society’s role and the relationship between the two. Today In classical economics terms, there […]Read more "History has taught us …"
During this Holy Week, I am reading more of Bonhoeffer and the similarities of thinking at times between him and Louis Putz CSC. The concept of a “religionless Christianity” seems to be having more appeal today, especially in the US and Europe. Even though, as a historian, I would at first knee-jerk say it would […]Read more "Holy Week Reading"
Green Junction What comes to your mind when you hear the word ECOSYSTEMS or ECOLOGY? The goal of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is “advancing ecological knowledge and awareness.” The institute is a nonprofit organization that studies disease ecology, freshwater, forests, and urban ecology. The Cary Institute defines ecology, in part, as “the scientific […]Read more "Green Junction: Ecosystems and integral ecology. By Julie Peller Ph.D."
Our ability to understand the health of our world is based on practical measurements. Often, stories emerge where measurements informing us of the effects of our material-based lifestyles are just not done. I have written and spoken about the weaknesses in water quality monitoring in the state of Indiana and other places. Indiana is divided […]Read more "It’s all about measurements. By Julie Peller Ph.D"
Food production has changed dramatically over the past decades, in part as a response to an increasing population. Meat production has more than tripled, and egg production has quadrupled since 1960. Farms have become more extensive and are now mostly corporate contracted to produce more and increase profits. In the United States, about 1.6 billion […]Read more "A serious problem associated with factory farms By Julie Peller Ph.D."
We are all historians to some degree. Arnold Toynbee wrote in his last book this statement: “Within the last two centuries, Man has increased his material power to a degree at which he has become a menace to the biosphere’s survival, but he has not increased his spiritual potentiality; the gap between this and his […]Read more "What is Religion?"