The “lifted people out of poverty” rationalization

from “From Nature to Creation (The Church and Postmodern Culture): A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World” by Norman Wirzba – “The argument that we are doing poor people a favor by providing them cheap food loses its luster when we acknowledge that it is precisely the poor around the world who bear a disproportionate share of the Continue Reading

The ones who are threatened by the #PeoplesClimate movement

from “For Our Common Home: Process-Relational Responses to Laudate si’ (Toward Ecological Civilization Book 7)” by John B Cobb Jr, Ignacio Castuera “Diverse movements will be empowered by the encyclical. The only ones who are threatened are those who would like to continue their effort to establish their empire over the entire planet and the earth’s resources, privatizing the commons, Continue Reading

Why EcoEcclesia is also an OccupyTheology exercise

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 Continue Reading

Why EcoEcclesia is also OccupyTheology

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 Continue Reading

Raise our UMC voices!

I commented briefly under this article, posted to the United Methodist News Service Facebook  page,  and linked to this blog post for a longer reflection and call to action. So here is the longer version: This is SO good to see, one level. On another level,  I have been deeply concerned about the silence of the churches, most of all, our Continue Reading

Facing the real ultimate challenge

Another Facebook comment I wrote under a UMNS link (here)  on Facebook has prompted a longer reflection that seems fitting as a blog post.  It addresses the frustration I feel with the “theological obfuscation” in which  Christians are habitually engaging. “To become a church that makes disciples of Jesus Christ equipped to transform lives, communities , and the world” is hard Continue Reading