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As Western culture moves from the era of modernism to post-modernism, the effects upon the church and the ministry of the church become increasingly apparent. The church must deal with the remnants of modernism which continually influences Western culture and it must also begin to engage a new post-modern mentality, which appears at first glance […]
I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with different groups of people about environmental topics I have studied and researched. Since I have been involved professionally and personally in investigations of plastic pollution, many recent presentations have focused on the massive plastic waste problem on both the global and local levels. In […]Read more "I was fortunate to grow up during a time….BY JULIE PELLER PH.D"
Today is the feast of St Francis, celebrated by Anglicans, Lutherans, and Catholics, and believers of all who see the protection of our environment important. Francis, whom I consider to be the original “Ecotheologian“. A person who understood that creation was the first bible. St. Francis, during his life, lived in a pivotal period when Western […]Read more "Feast Day of the original “Ecotheologian”"
In the early church, near the end of the first century when Luke was written, we see persecution, hunger, poverty, pain, and sorrow are part of the human experience. (Lk 6:20-26) As we see the same for today how do we look inside ourselves to see if these realities of life around us bring us […]Read more "means to influence our journey"
Plato, Socrates, and Kierkegaard tried to teach and encourage calm and serene thought, considerate and conscious human conversations, generosity of the spirit, the benefit of the doubt, reticence to judge, careful to speak, considered values, and prudent acts as essential pathways to find and understand, often provisionally, the truth because the truth is never a […]Read more "“In the borders of our lives”"
Practice: Vow of Nonviolence “Years ago, the Center for Action and Contemplation staff, volunteers, and friends were invited to say this vow together. Today I renew my commitment to nonviolence and invite you to make this vow your own as well. Recognizing the violence in my own heart, yet trusting in the goodness and mercy […]Read more "Practice: Vow of Nonviolence"
The first of September is the beginning of the Season of Creation, several weeks designated to honor, highlight and improve the natural world. It is a global effort, initiated and organized by faith communities, and runs through the fourth day of October, the Feast of St. Francis (the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and […]Read more "Season of Creation by Julie Peller Ph.D"