Archive for the ‘Theoblogical’
When churches “join the celebration” on July 4, I think the problem we face there has a slight similarity w/ the “Confederate Flag problem”, in that we can sometimes communicate an “all or nothing approval”, and rubber stamp a culture which worships at the shrine of America. When churches on Memorial Day weekend, which also “happens to be Pentecost Sunday” are draped in red,white and blue and singing patriotic “hymns”, instead of celebrating Pentecost, we see how the problem can get absorbed into our very culture.
Yes. And to that I would add the enormous, far-reaching, ongoing moral crisis of refusing to see the writingon the wall about what the scientists are telling us we are doing to the earth’s ability to sustain us. It doesn’t matter what our “OPINION” is, it is the ecosystem. It doesn’t care about our politics (except about that part which simply tips the scales of eco-balance away from that which had been in process for many thousands of years). All of our rationalizations about how we have to use fossil fuels to “keep our economy going” is , in the end, nonsense. For without a sustainable ecosystem – sustainable for humans and many other species – there will be NO economy. How’s that as a “moral crisis”?
Initially posted to my Facebook account:
Every church denomination need to issue actual response to Pope’s theological work in LaudatoSi. Need constant, current updates of processing (ie. Not just go back into their past statements and “find a mention of ecology”. We need ongoing, updated, dialogue on what this means NOW, as things get much worse than they were back when those statements were first written, and perceived to be far less threatening that we now know they were.
The above paragraph was written as I see a lot of “releases” from Denominations that strike me as “dusting off” old statements and bringing them out , seeming to say “Hey look, we said that kind of stuff , too”. Well, no, this is almost 200 pages of intense Ecotheology. Why aren’t we ALL doing this as Church bodies?
But this is not a call to “come up with ‘OUR OWN’…..We need to JOIN in the intense conversation out of which this Encyclical arose.
Such an important theological parallel drawn by Brian D. McLaren in this podcast with Luke Norsworthy. “Fossil Fuels are the new slavery” (drawing on the same economic motivations to justify a “status quo” one wishes to maintain (and has interests which keep them “interested” and invested in seeing it that way).
play a clip of this segment I’m talking about (this link will open a little popup window from Google where I have stored this clip. Just click the play button when it pops up)
Listen to the whole podcast on Luke Norsworthy.com, which is a great conversation, including some conversation about Phyllis Tickle, a true “shero” of mine and great encourager of myself in my earlier days all the way up to today. Also, they talk about the conversation that Phyllis has been such a key voice: the “Emergent Church” and what that means (and what it doesn’t). Brian McLaren: Phyllis Tickle’s Legacy (This link will open in a new tab on your browser)