From a friend on Facebook:“Still one of the best core statements of ecological truth ever – and especially now when so many would like to shred this fabric of our ecological reality into little pieces. With this reminder: individualism is a lie.” “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable Continue Reading
Letting deception specialists tell you who is deceiving you. That’s the ticket.
“Since you’ve been so vocal about Donald Trump’s Christianity through all of this, care to tell us where you’ve actually seen it? Many of us have been wondering—as we’ve found evidence virtually nonexistent. You can start anywhere on this list:” — John Pavlovitz https://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/09/06/show-us-donald-trumps-christianity-pastors-evangelists-christian-leaders/ classic block
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Mark Y. A. Davies
This post, written on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech, observes how King’s years between that point and his “I’ve been the Mountaintop” speech delivered the night before his assassination, have not been explored much at all in the King “Holiday” messages. Those years do not “fit the narrative” desired for an “American hero”, so that his dream “that my four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” begins to sound more like “Be all that you can be”, and ignore what King was to explore in the days ahead, as he continued his path to uncovering what it was in America that was KEEPING it’s people from discovering what they were meant to be, and that it went beyond “pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps” and into the evils of not only racism but militarism and materialism (economic justice)
So, it seems that MLK , as do many of us as we grow, added to that dream in his last 5 years. As he saw what was involved in getting there to that mountaintop, the dream took on some new elements. The dream envisioned a larger context of what would have to happen to see the “ending”. For my my last 5 years (just short of that), I have seen the relevance of the Ecological Crisis to MLK’s dream. Drew Dellinger did research on the hints of MLK himself understanding this linkage. “All life is INTER-related.” he often said. And also “We’re not going to have peace on Earth until we understand the interrelated structure of all reality”.
Davies has seen this as well, for probably longer than I have.
“as we look at the global ecological challenges of our day, if we do not address them systemically, we will likely not make the progress necessary to avoid a major global ecological crisis in the first half of this century. A national holiday for Martin Luther King and a monument in Washington or even another March on Washington, although all good things, will by themselves not bring about equal opportunity – only systemic changes will do that. The celebration of Earth Day, curbside recycling, more efficient light bulbs, and better fuel efficiency, although all good things, will by themselves not bring about ecological sustainability – only more thorough systemic changes will do that. ”
Mark Davies is the Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. He is the Executive Director of the Leadership, Education, and Development (LEaD) Hub North America of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church and an Oklahoma Humanities State Scholar.
Not doing his job, as usual, like he's always and forever NOT doing. https://t.co/J78XKFQIwC — Dale Lature (@dlature) January 17, 2019
LOL. AOC speaks truth to stupid. Scott Walker is an idiot. https://t.co/61ccjwXjGo — Dale Lature (@dlature) January 16, 2019 Explaining tax rates before Reagan to 5th graders: “Imagine if you did chores for your grandma and she gave you $10. When you got home, your parents took $7 from you.” The students said: “That’s not fair!” Even 5th graders get Continue Reading
A similar image is that Earth itself is disposable. According to some popular views, Earth will continue to deteriorate until its final destruction at the hands of God. Before that day of wrath, however, the faithful will be caught up in the rapture to escape the final conflagration. Earth itself is destined for destruction, as if God would slough off Continue Reading
EARTH AS DISPOSABLE; HEAVEN-ISM AS SIN: One reason we have sinned against creation is that we have focused on an other-worldly religion to the detriment of Earth. We have relegated God to heaven and to a life after death, seeing this world merely as a place of pilgrimage or even just as a place for human mastery. This view may Continue Reading
My reaction: Part of our problem. We cant seem to grasp the meaning of “unprecedented”, which is a problem when we’re the problem. Each summer, CO2 declines as plants grow. In the winter, CO2 rises. Problem is, plants can’t keep up with humanity. In the next few months, CO2 will reach a new all-time high. Again. We’ve left the predictable Continue Reading
“Global capitalism, neoliberal economics and the power structure depend upon things continuing as they are. The only real chance at mitigation of the impacts from climate change that are now entrenched in the climate system, would have been to abandon capitalism and enact something akin to the New Green Deal back when NASA’s James Hansen sounded the alarm about climate Continue Reading
The new Gutenberg blocks have a quote block that will not show up when I save a page using it’s styles, which show just fine in the editor, but when I view the page the quote is turned to italics, and the solid vertical line to the left of the quote that shows in the editor is also missing on Continue Reading
“It is appropriate in our worship that we make confession of our sins against creation. Having invoked the presence of God the Creator, having seen Earth as the sanctuary of our worship, having established our human solidarity with all creation, and having invited the whole Earth community into a chorus of praise, we must now acknowledge our broken relationship with Continue Reading
“This biblical revelation of how the glory of God fills Earth-and indeed all of creation—does not claim that creation itself is God. We do not worship creation. God’s presence is “in, with, and under” every aspect of this world, as Martin Luther teaches us. Of course, the most powerful and definitive revelation of God’s glory is seen in the person Continue Reading