Tag: religious education

  • “In the borders of our lives”

    Plato, Socrates, and Kierkegaard tried to teach and encourage calm and serene thought, considerate and conscious human conversations, generosity of the spirit, the benefit of the doubt, reticence to judge, careful to speak, considered values, and prudent acts as essential pathways to find and understand, often provisionally, the truth because the truth is never a […]

  • CARE FOR CREATION BY JULIE PELLER PH.D

    Care for Creation is an important facet of Christian beliefs and a moral obligation for those with a true concern about future generations. An ancient Indian proverb expresses “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”  Generational justice is the expectation when societies possess compassion. However, the current […]

  • Practice: Vow of Nonviolence

    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 […]

  • Order-Disorder-Reorder

    When I reflect on the Universal Christ, and re-read the book by Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance…and reflect upon what Richard Rohr has written about order-disorder-reorder in his other writings and then go back and re-read what philosophers throughout the ages have written about order-disorder-reorder, one can see how these three dimensions are not only […]

  • GREEN JUNCTION 4 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.  […]

  • GREEN JUNCTION 26 AUGUST 2019 BY JULIE PELLER PH.D​.

    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 […]

  • The River under our feet

    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 […]

  • GREEN JUNCTION 29 JULY 2019 BY JULIE PELLER PHD.

    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 […]

  • Ecotheology: It’s time for a hermeneutic

    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 […]

  • Heretics, likable Blokes?

    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 […]