Green Junction: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” By Julie Peller Ph.D.

In wearing face masks, practicing physical distancing, getting vaccinated, and following other public health measures, we live God’s commandment, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Moreover, when we respect, value, and show gratitude for the gifts of others, their expertise, the services they provide, especially during difficult times, we live according to this law […]

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What is Religion?

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 […]

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Green Junction: Clothes you wear could be pollution By Julie Peller Ph.D.

The clothing industry is responsible for many different types of pollution. This sector creates more carbon pollution than the combination of international air and water shipping. The clothing and textiles industry is the 2nd largest industrial consumer of water and pollutes water, mainly from the coloring process. More than half of the world’s textiles are […]

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COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and racial injustice. By Julie Peller Ph.D.

I wonder how many people make the connection between climate change and human health. A few weeks ago, I was part of a large remote audience for the National Academy of Medicine’s meeting. The prestigious science academy leaders outlined the three current, global, existential threats to human health: the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and racial injustice. […]

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Green Junction by Julie Peller Ph.D. “Fossil Fuels and climate”

Green Junction A more rapid reduction in human dependence on fossil fuels is imperative for lowering carbon dioxide emissions and slowing climate change. An additional noteworthy benefit of using fewer fossil fuels is more occasional spills and leaks of oil and gas. This past July, a Japanese-owned ship, which was carrying 4000 tons of diesel […]

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Justice, Ecology, Social Action, Contemplation and a lecture from Steven Millies

  Justice, Ecology, Social Action, Contemplation, and political action are interwoven as a seamless garment.  This is what we call Church.   We see this in Thomas Merton, Thomas Keatings, Richard Rohr, and yes, Pope Francis.   The Hank Center  and the various lectures they present help us understand what is happening at the intersection […]

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