Ecology

len on July 29th, 2013

Leanne Simpson: Extraction and assimilation go together. Colonialism and capitalism are based on extracting and assimilating. My land is seen as a resource. My relatives in the plant and animal worlds are seen as resources. My culture and knowledge is a resource. My body is a resource and my children are a resource because they […]

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len on May 27th, 2013

Every summer since the 1980s, Loren and Mary-Ruth Wilkinson have been taking students on an eight-day voyage in open rowing/sailing boats in the Gulf Islands as part of their Technology, Wilderness, and Creation course. The voyage is a perfect occasion for studying and reflecting on our relationship with God and creation. MRW: The experience of […]

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len on May 25th, 2013

“Radical orthodoxy locates the contemporary flattening of culture in the loss of its sense of “participation” in God. But Calvin in particular insisted that, while God sustains the world and works in it, the world has its own special goodness because of its created character — precisely because it is not God. Culture is a […]

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len on April 6th, 2013

“In his book This Place on Earth Alan Durning, a globe-trotting researcher for the World-Watch Institute, describes the seed that led him to return from the good work of trying to fix the world to put down roots in his home town of Seattle. He was, he says, in the Philippines ‘interviewing members of remote […]

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len on March 19th, 2013

A followup from yesterday, Naomi Kline interviews native elder Leanne Simpson, one of the voices of “Idle No More” in Canada. This excerpt is so rich with echoes of the gospel and the idolatries of capitalism and consumption that it needs no other comment. Ok, just one: you’ve heard of incarnation, how about ex-carnation? We […]

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len on March 18th, 2013

Naomi Kline interviews native elder Leanne Simpson, one of the voices of “Idle No More” in Canada. This excerpt is so rich with echoes of the gospel and the idolatries of capitalism and consumption that it needs no other comment. We have much to learn from our indigenous friends. Naomi: In the book I’m currently […]

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len on March 14th, 2013

Rain forest Mist and mystery Teeming green Green brain facing labotomy Climate control centre for the world Ancient cord of coexistence Hacked by parasitic greedhead scam – From Sarawak to Amazonas Costa Rica to mangy B.C. hills – Cortege rhythm of falling timber. What kind of currency grows in these new deserts, These brand new […]

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len on February 21st, 2013

“Every once in awhile a book comes along that establishes a new imaginative field for reflection and mindful living. No Home Like Place was, for me, such a book; offering also a framework for compassionately understanding and engaging enduring traumas associated with current conflicts over place.” “No Home Like Place is a walk through dense […]

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Late last year this hefty volume arrived, and as I began to randomly dig around I knew it was something special. Since then I have read about half the chapters, and I am still pleased. To place the book, it feels for me much like the ground work for Phyllis Tickle’s new release, Emergence Christianity. […]

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len on February 3rd, 2013

Every once in a while previous thoughts return, fall into place in a larger puzzle, and a new picture emerges. Sometimes the picture is evolutionary – sometimes it seems different enough from a previous image that it is revolutionary. It turns previous conceptions on their head. This happened to me while walking on a Saturday […]

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