Reflecting this labor day weekend, growing up in a pro-labor family, and a father very active in the UAW and the state of the world during the ’50s and ’60s reminds me of something Thomas Merton wrote that seems to leave one with the sense we are constantly battling the same battles over and over: […]Read more "Thinking on Labor Day Weekend"
Young people and future generations are set to suffer most from the changing climate and immense environmental degradation (species loss, polluted air, and water, etc.), largely generated over the past several decades. It makes sense to educate children on these critical matters and discuss them. I suggest that young people challenge adults by asking them […]Read more "GREEN JUNCTION 26 AUGUST 2019 BY JULIE PELLER PH.D."
Meister Eckhart once said, “God is like an underground river.” It suggests God is universal and not confined to one location, is all moving. As the old saying goes, “you can’t step into the same river twice.” The statement tells us that we all can access the Source (God) if we dig (our wells) long […]Read more "The River under our feet"
Thomas Merton writes, “What every man looks for in life is his own salvation and the salvation of the men he lives with. By salvation, I mean first of all the full discovery of who he himself really is. Then I mean something of the fulfillment of his own God-given powers, in the love of […]Read more "And Merton writes…."
Every person, every community, every nation has the choice of being part of the problem of environmental degradation or part of the solution. One very simple way to be part of the solution is to stop drinking plastic bottled water. The main reason people drink bottled water is the sheer convenience, not due to a […]Read more "GREEN JUNCTION 29 JULY 2019 BY JULIE PELLER PHD."
As a “Hoosier” I was exploring the on-line libraries in the state. I Came across this site about Merton and Music. https://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/soul-swing-jazz-religion/?fbclid=IwAR2jBfurRAbOa5k2DKislZc3_zmwu27xZogh4mrrEw5U0FFMbsLsXXv335A I think we see how Jazz was the Christ speaking to Merton. Jazz a language with much religious tones and meaning. Jazz is not divorced from religion or the work-a-day world, especially in […]Read more "Is Religion divorced from the work-a-day world?"
I had the wonderful opportunity to take a nature walk at a local park, which included hiking through grassy fields and along beautiful areas of wildflowers. These fields are allowed to grow naturally; they are not manipulated by the input of chemicals to eliminate plants that are not grass, the more common scenario when it […]Read more "GREEN JUNCTION 13 JULY 2019 BY JULIE PELLER PHD."
What is Ecotheology? I found this to be spot on…as the saying goes, and it is from Portland Seminary: “Ecotheology is a form of study and thinking that combines the disciplines of ecology (the study of organisms and their environments) and theology (the study of God and religious beliefs). Ecotheology examines creation through the lenses […]Read more "Ecotheology: It’s time for a hermeneutic"
her·e·tic /ˈherəˌtik/ “A person believing in or practicing religious heresy. synonyms: dissident, dissenter, nonconformist, unorthodox thinker, heterodox thinker, apostate, freethinker, iconoclast, schismatic, renegade; More a person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.” now let’s think about the last part of the definition: “a person holding an opinion at odds with what […]Read more "Heretics, likable Blokes?"
This month, Pope Francis declared to the world that we are in the midst of a climate emergency. He stated that if we do not respond quickly and effectively, the inaction would be “a brutal act of injustice toward the poor and future generations.” He continues to plead to adults and leaders, “Future generations stand […]Read more "GREEN JUNCTION: BY JULIE PELLER PHD."