Jesus, pioneer of voluntary poverty

Picture of the Holy Family

Note: This article is an excerpt reprinted with permission of the publisher from Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future, a collection of essays profiling key historical figures whose lives served as examples of living simply. Bible references are to the New International Version (NIV) -- Ed. A clear theme throughout Jesus’ ministry was the conflict between seeking God and … [Read more...]

Breathing life back into the Christmas story

Nativity Scene

We've all heard the story of the birth of Jesus so many times by now that it's hard for anyone but a Sunday school teacher to pay attention to the details. The baby Jesus. Asleep in a manger in Bethlehem. Sought out by Wise Men following a star and of course, by certain poor shepherds in fields where they lay. Born of Virgin Mary who had to flee in the night with Joseph from King Herod's … [Read more...]

The real war on Christmas and why it matters

Bill O'Reilly

Christmas season is making me tired. Every year, I get tired of hearing jaunty, NutriSweet-y jingles that sound like they're sung by Hello Kitty touted as "Chrismas Carols" and played earlier and earlier in the fall. "Here Comes Santa Claus" on November 11 — it's a revolting enough song if you have to hear it once. But do we really need to endure this particular brand of nausea for a full six … [Read more...]

Give me that doom time religion


I don't usually think of people interested in peak oil, climate change and economic collapse as particularly religious. "Spiritual" maybe -- Sufi dancing and Lakota Vision Quests are OK and agnosticism is better. But peak preppers are usually not the kind of folks you'd expect to see in the pews on Sunday at First Presbyterian. The Age of Limits conference held at the end of May offered some … [Read more...]

#21: Not ashamed to admit we’re Christian. Or Jewish. Or whatever.

Reason 21

Just like Texas Governor Rick Perry, Transition Voice isn't ashamed to admit that we're Christian. And Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Wiccan, Druidic, humanist and straight-up atheist. Unlike some folks who care about environmental sustainability and energy depletion, we're also not ashamed to talk about religion at the dinner table. We mean, on our website. That's because we think that … [Read more...]

Loaves and fishes, Transition and survivalism

sculpture of cans

As stock markets around the world gyrate and froth at the mouth, the ranks are sure to grow of concerned citizens who aren't waiting around for the government or the rich to fix things, but have instead taken matters into their own hands. Pessimists who foresee a quick and nasty collapse of society coming soon and have little faith in their neighbors are working to protect their families. This … [Read more...]

The frugal shall inherit the Earth

Surviving Off Off Grid cover

Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind is an angry book by a man whose ferocious estrangement from modern techno-industrial society burns through every page. And that should be endorsement enough for those with eyes enough to see the quickening catastrophe in which our polluting industries and booming population explosion has presently mired us. And, while author Michael … [Read more...]

Earthquake: A Reflection

Japan Prayer

Earthquakes are not unusual in Yokohama, Japan or in Tokyo. If fact, a big one has been predicted for years and people in the area have been living with the knowledge that a very big one could hit the area anytime. All Japanese are aware of that, including myself, but who would have thought that we’d experience it? Rocking my world It happened when I was visiting my mother in Yokohama on Friday … [Read more...]

The faith movie we’ve all been waiting for


If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't have believed it - faith leaders speaking with one voice on the ecological and social crises of our time. I was lucky enough to get invited to an exclusive "rough cut" screening of a 45 minute film that will, in my view, have a dramatic impact well beyond the rainbow of faith communities represented by the faith leaders in this movie. In a world where … [Read more...]