I am hoping that this is the case. It needs to happen, no matter what the strongest factors may be. It needs to happen , at the very least, because of the sheer scientific evidence and the consensus around that evidence. There is a gathering this week on Thursday : “Coming Together in Faith on Climate”, which is an ecumenical effort to bring the Pope’s message home to all the churches in America (and beyond). I have been scanning the UMC website and ther News items, looking for signs of consciousness. Since beginning this effort, I have been deeply concerned about the state of the coverage. Nearly nil. Not that there aren’t pockets of activity and small organizations seeking to bring their churches to a more conscious and intentional stance and mobilization. There certainly are. This needs to be picked up by the UMC media, at the very least because they are distinctively UMC efforts, but a case can be made that the UMC and ll the denominations need to get beyond their denominational narcissism and proclaim the message that is not only inter-denominational, but intra-religious, cutting across all theologies and calling them to an eco-renaissance or recovery. This means a reformation; a recovery of narratives that have been subsumed by a technological, extractive, “instrumental” stance toward creation that has resulted in disastrous global effects on ecosystems. Our theology MUST shift to take note of this, and speak a word about this from those elements we recover when we look again and anew at what our theological heritage can tell us. And repent of those assimilations that we have allowed to cause us to veer askew into ecotheological heresy. In other words, just HERESY.
Archive for the ‘Theoblogical’
It’s that time again when I want to check my comments system. After the WordPress install just before LaborDay, and then the adding of a new post type (EcoEcclesia), I want to check the health of my Social Comments plug-in for WordPress. So if you have just a fee seconds, try leaving a test comment and name sure there aren’t errors or something ghat is unclear. And no, my site does not capture your password from Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Disqus when you do this. It uses an accepted way of authenticating you based on a token sent from your chosen social loving. Basically, Facebook or Twitter or whoever simply sends a bit that says you are authenticated on that site and passes on your public name on that site. Password/ log-in is not sent. I would appreciate any of you doing this for me.
.@TimDeChristopher on the Demand to End All New Fossil Fuel Leasing on Public Lands and Oceans via @DemocracyNow!
we’re no longer operating from a paradigm of deviating from the status quo, or operating from the paradigm of looking at the challenge of climate change and what’s actually necessary
This post comes at the relationship between EcoEcclesia and OccupyTheology from opposite sides from the previous post. In the previous post, I reflected a bit upon why the Climate movement is like the Occupy movement, springing from similar and related sets of causes (the oligarchy’s continuous drive to further consolidate power and economic stranglehold. From another angle, OccupyTheology is done as an exercise that seeks to identify questions that need to be posed to our theology that require a rethinking and reorientation, and hopefully, a RECOVERY of theological narrative that is up to the task of challenging the status quo which has constructed the unjust systems under which we now find ourselves. With the growing Climate Crisis, OccupyTheology needs an alternative branding to reflect the centrality of the EcoCrisis, so I have added the identifier, EcoEcclesia, to bring that out into the open as a place to begin and from which to operate.
EcoEcclesia clearly is an effort to highlight the “Ecologically-Centered” Church. The root word for both ecology and ecclesia is the oikos, or household (as it is also for the word “economy”, or our “science” of keeping the household of human community “in order”; the housekeeping required to attend to the smooth functioning of the community. So EcoEcclesia, in its close relationship to OccuyTheology, recognizes the “Economic” as an integral player in this work of seeking to renew our household.
I just created a post type in WordPress for EcoEcclesia. EcoEcclesia , however, is also OccupyTheology, since I contend that it requires an action of “Occupying” the theologies, economies, and spaces of the status quo to ensure that a fundamental questioning must take place. The status quo which brought about the call to “Occupy” is no longer tenable, and that key assumptions about our “system” have been found not only wanting, but destructive and dangerous. In the case of EcoEcclesia, many if not most or even all of the same structures are behind the problem. The oligarchy is also culpable here. The constant push to consolidate power and exert increasingly widespread pressures to maintain this power and to expand it are causing huge ruptures in the fabric of justice, which in this case is a rupture in the ecosystems that sustain us, including our economies of money. I specify “Economy of money” because Ecology is the root econnomy. An economy of money that ignores the cost of ecosystem damage is not even an accurate economy in terms of accounting. Any economy that ignores real costs is asking for the an eventual accounting to be brought to the table.
So, just as the economic recession made visible some fundamental problems of our economy, and precipitated the Occupy Wall Street movement, so also has the ecological crisis (aka “The Climate Crisis”) precipitated it’s own “Occupy Movement”, most often referred to as a “People’s Climate Movement”, which has brought to light many other , often older movements that bear witness to the abuse we have been heaping upon the earth’s systems that have supported human civilization. And so it seems that this is the granddaddy of Occupy Movements.