As mystics in the contemporary world, we find ourselves studying and reading mystics’ life for guidance in our lives. As an academic patristic theologian and professionally a technology zealot, I see in the evolution of mystics and their role and thinking as hope in the future; I am currently reading Ilia Delio’s new book, “Re-Enchanting the Earth, why […]Read more "Mystics are we…"
“The prophetic tasks of the church are, to tell the truth in a society that lives in illusion, grieve in a society that practices denial, and express hope in a society that lives in despair.” – Walter Brueggemann Jesus of Nazareth, spoke often of the Kingdom of God is now. The kingdom is about how […]Read more "Who are we in the Kingdom?"
“Too many people will never come back.” Those are the words of a local pastor. No, he was not talking about people leaving for another religion or denomination or leaving the congregation. Because of our experience with Covid-19, many are waiting it out to see how it all turns out after a vaccine works. The virus is […]Read more "“Too many people will never come back.”"
As we live in a world of change, we need to reflect on the two significant changes humans have experienced: The Agricultural revolution and the Industrial Revolution, to see how the “technology” of each era shaped and molded their thinking and actions. We should not forget the “technology” of the Agricultural and Industrial ages shaped […]Read more "Are People of Religion Social Engineers?"
The expansive use of plastics in modern society is due to the many different properties of these materials and their low cost. It is important to keep in mind that plastics are made from fossil fuels, petroleum and natural gas, which took millions of years to form. While just a handful of plastic polymers have been […]Read more "“Save the Fish From Plastic.” By Julie Peller Ph.D"
The month of may marked the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home. LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. “In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our […]Read more "Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home. By Julie Peller Ph.D"
I was thinking about the Church in Europe and the US during the 30s,40s,50s, and early ’60s. A church that had a mantra and focuses on restorative justice, social programs, worker rights. We saw such movements that were collectively known as “Catholic Action” and involved more laypeople than a hierarchy to some extent in their […]Read more "What happened to Church Social Movements?"
A common perception among many if not all of the patristic fathers and mothers was the understanding of what we call “significant‘ in our lives as being something we learned through experience. We then give ‘meaning‘ to the reality experienced. This applies to our spirituality and our search for the ‘significant other‘ in our lives […]Read more "Thinking of Origen’s visionary experiences"
A friend and colleague from my former life in technology and I were talking yesterday afternoon and discussing some of the models on the virus, the real question is, what do people think is going to happen after their two weeks or three-week shut-in ends? This virus is not going away till we have a […]Read more "Reflections on the times of our lives"
The size of bedroom closets has expanded over the years with the rise in clothing purchases. Worldwide, the demand and manufacture of garments have been increasing and will continue to grow, especially those made from synthetic fabrics. More and more clothing and other fabric-based products will be made from polyester, nylon and other petroleum-based resources, […]Read more "What size is your bedroom closets Julie Peller Ph.D"