Faith communities, foodsheds and the future

Holy Nativity Garden

You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. -- Joel 2:26 We are the transformers of Earth. Our whole being, and the flights and falls of our love, enable us to undertake this task. -- Rainer Maria Rilke For the past six years I have been writing profusely about the challenges the earth community is encountering in the … [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...]

Letting go

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We spend enormous amounts of time, energy, and treasure in imposing our will on nature … dreaming of permanent solutions, monuments to our ambitions and dreams. But in periods of slack, decline, or collapse, our abilities no longer suffice for all this management. We have to let things go. – Ernest Callenbach This summer, I'm on an odyssey to five unique intentional communities and ecovillages, … [Read more...]

Love and money; Why Chrisitianity is incompatible with capitalism

Sermon on the Mount

Christianity today is an immensely complex and varied institution. As a religion it self-asserts. But in the hands of anyone, it is plied to less predictable ends. Now, throughout its history, organized Christianity has been ambiguous, to say the least. It's been wielded as a sword in the hands of empires; used to legitimize wars, genocide, and a murderous exploitation of the commons as well as … [Read more...]