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. […]Read more "COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and racial injustice. By Julie Peller Ph.D."
Highlights from Pope Francis in chapter 6 of Fratelli Tutti: Approaching, speaking, listening, looking at, coming to know and understand one another, and to find common ground: all these things are summed up in the one word “dialogue”. If we want to encounter and help one another, we have to dialogue. (198) We need constantly […] […]Read more "Pope Francis on Universal Values and Dialogue — Millennial"
Upon the passing of October, we become bombarded with advertisements intended to convince us to buy holiday gifts. The message is the purchases will lead to holiday bliss. Of course, gift-giving is admirable, but to what extent when it is intertwined with consumerism? Older holiday movies offer a view into a modest level of holiday […]Read more "It’s that time of the season. By Julie Peller Ph.D."
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 […]Read more "Green Junction by Julie Peller Ph.D. “Fossil Fuels and climate”"
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 […]Read more "Justice, Ecology, Social Action, Contemplation and a lecture from Steven Millies"
An area of my research focuses on microplastics, especially as they relate to the contamination of water environments. Synthetic microfibers are a class of microplastics and are the tiny fibrous pieces that make up much of today’s fabrics. The synthetic textiles are used in the manufacture of clothing, carpet, blankets, toys and so much more. […]Read more "Microplastics, and water by Julie Peller Ph.D."
The autumn season is an excellent time of the year for people to connect with nature and realize their full dependency on creation. An understanding of humanity’s reliance on the natural world was necessary for survival in the pre-industrial ages, unlike the present time. Similarly, indigenous people have always been united with nature, knowing they […]Read more "Autumn is a time to connect by Julie Peller Ph.D."
The Patristic mothers and fathers and especially the mystics, have in their writings showed us how to be very much in harmony with Teilhard and his writings. We see this evolution of the universal Christ working through mystics, past and present. Today’s mystics learn from yesterday’s mystics, and the difference is today’s mystics employ the […]Read more "Christogenesis and the Mystics"
September & October is the Season of Creation, several weeks designated to reflect, honor, and heal the natural world. This global effort, organized and celebrated by faith communities, continues through the fourth day of October, the Feast of St. Francis (the patron saint of animals and the environment). The 2020 theme is Jubilee for the Earth, […]Read more "The Season of Creation By Julie Peller Ph.D."
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…"