Surely a different “nature”

This is horrific:“In just the last forty years, according to the World Wildlife Fund, more than half of the world’s vertebrate animals have died; in just the last twenty-five, one study of German nature preserves found, the flying insect population declined by three-quarters.” Wallace-Wells, David. The Uninhabitable Earth (pp. 25-26). Crown/Archetype. Kindle Edition. This just in from a phone call Continue Reading

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Feedback Loops

Back to the Wallace-Wells book, on “Feedback loops”: “A warming planet leads to melting Arctic ice, which means less sunlight reflected back to the sun and more absorbed by a planet warming faster still, which means an ocean less able to absorb atmospheric carbon and so a planet warming faster still. A warming planet will also melt Arctic permafrost, which Continue Reading

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The “Climate Caste system”; Environmental justice

“This is what is often called the problem of environmental justice; a sharper, less gauzy phrase would be “climate caste system.” The problem is acute within countries, even wealthy ones, where the poorest are those who live in the marshes, the swamps, the floodplains, the inadequately irrigated places with the most vulnerable infrastructure—altogether an unwitting environmental apartheid. Wallace-Wells, David. The Continue Reading

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The way forward ?!

After the past two days (the events of Tuesday, and the “day after” emotional experiences) and numbness and raw anger and uncertainty about the future (along with hopes for the possibilities that might arise from this wreckage), I am , today, in a kind of “debilitated” mode, finding it hard to shake off and move ahead, particularly since I have Continue Reading

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RIP Norman Suggs

Just learned about an hour ago that a long time online friend, whom I never met face to face, passed away. Norman Suggs was such a kind, compassionate, and life-loving, good-humored online presence to everyone. I had been exchanging comments under my posts and his for about 10-12 years. One of the saddest bits of news I’ve ever had come Continue Reading

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Mistaking “God’s Word” with our appropriation of it: The UMC fundamentalist takeover

I posted thoughts yesterday about how this UMC schism is like a replay of the Southern Baptist fundamentalist takeover I also experienced, which was about to explode into reality when I was in Seminary at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. (M. Div. 1978-81). My “Church History II” professor, Bill J. Leonard, soon (or in about 10 years) to Continue Reading

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