Ecology and the Living Earth

The Rabbi Who Loved the Earth

By Marianne Marstrand     The Rabbi Who Love the Earth We first met Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in Boulder, Colorado in 2008. We sat with him in warm and cozy surroundings, a home filled with books and handmade things, a place unfettered by excess. We had come to convince the Rabbi to participate in a think tank of America’s spiritual teachers that would meet at the Aspen Institute. “What is your agenda and what outcome do you hope for?” he asked with serious []

The Invisible Beauty

Among all the species that exist we are the last to arrive, and like children we are still unable to appreciate Gaia’s sweeping simultaneous expression of inclusivity that is in benefit to the whole.

Wisdom from the Wild Nations

by Elizabeth Austin Asch “It is only for the purity of the animals themselves that we [humans] are allowed to still live.” ~ Salvatore Gencarelle Popular media like the New York Times contains an ever greater number of articles about animal sentience. Most recently, on January 29, 2016 Sally McGrane wrote “German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too.”   The evidence is everywhere: much more goes on in the minds of living things in the natural world than we have []

Faithful must lead the break from fossil fuels

Column: Faithful must lead the break from fossil fuels CLIMATE CHANGE MAKING THE PARIS AGREEMENT A REALITY By Rev. Richard Cizik, President, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good This past week I joined a group of 17 interfaith leaders and more than 30,000 delegates and media at COP 21 (Conference of Parties) in Bourget outside of Paris, to witness whether 195 countries could find consensus on a plan to reduce their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. The answer is now clear – []

The State of the Earth is Our Most Pressing Concern

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature. The state of the []

Sister, Mother, Bride

By Father Michael Holleran One of the most popular ways of referring to our planet is “Mother Earth”.   There is certainly nothing wrong with this from a Christian standpoint, since it is obviously true. We all come from her womb, receive constant nourishment from her, and return our elements to her at death as a living matrix of recycling energy. Pope Francis does not hesitate to evoke “Mother Nature” in his recent encyclical (#92). There are other evocative images, however, of a []

Embracing the Seesaw of Activism and Mindfulness

              Kevin Fisher lives and works as activist for global HIV treatment and prevention access in New York, but has begun the feel the pull of climate protection advocacy. To experience the natural world in 2015 is to experience simultaneously its beauty and the stress, loss and pain caused by human action. How can we react? Is outrage consistent with contemplative practice? Is change possible without outrage? On a warm Saturday night in September a few []