People around the world – especially the younger generations- gathered on September 20th to march for the sake of planet earth and its inhabitability now and every day forward. The climate of the earth has been changing for the past several decades in an unprecedented way, largely due to the burning of carbon-based fuels. We […]Read more "We are beloved creatures of God, BY JULIE PELLER PH.D"
“It does no good to make fantastic progress, if we don’t know how to live with it, and if, in fact, our technology becomes nothing more than an expensive and complicated way of cultural disintegration…..the fact remains that we have created for ourselves a culture which is not yet livable for mankind as a whole.” […]Read more "The Universe, Technology & the Significant Other"
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"
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"
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 Midway Islands are unincorporated territories of the United States, located about 1300 miles northwest of Honolulu, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Formally designated Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in 1996, there are 2.4 square miles of land. US Fish and Wildlife staff who study seabird habitats and island restoration are currently the […]Read more "GREEN JUNCTION & PLASTICS 14 SEPT 2019 BY JULIE PELLER PH.D."
The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a large, science-based organization with a mission “to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.” The organization focuses on what they term “urgent global challenges,” one of which is water. […]Read more "GREEN JUNCTION 4 Sept 2019 BY JULIE PELLER PH.D."
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"