Tag Archives: Ecofeminism

Ecofeminism: My Introduction

During graduate studies at Mundelein College in Chicago from 1986 to 1991, I focused most of my coursework on Christian perspectives on social justice issues. Many of my instructors there encouraged examining these issues from the perspective of the feminist agenda and critique. Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why I Cannot Call Earth My Mother

With all due respect to Indigenous Peoples for whom it continues to be a sacred term, I want to argue that one of the remedies for our current disastrous relationship to Earth is not to be found in our collective adoption of “Mother Earth” as a way of referring to our home planet. Continue reading

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Integral Transformation: Part III – The Way Forward

My personal quest for more than 20 years now has been to find a pragmatic approach to the question: How does transformation toward health – personal and societal – happen? How, for example, does someone like Nelson Mandela get shaped and formed into the statesman whose values and actions so many could admire? I gained tremendous help in this search through my professor at Chicago Theological Seminary, Robert L. Moore, and his introduction to the work of Victor Turner, particularly their lessons in regard to ritual leadership. Continue reading

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The God of Our Experience

One of the foundational spiritual questions to be addressed in this blog is: Who Is God? I was well into my adulthood when I began to realize and examine the disconnect between the God of my experience and the God of my religion. Continue reading

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Natural Changes In The Way We Image God

For me, behind the question of God’s existence is the question of my own existence. In other words, I begin my pondering about the existence of God with the humble recognition that I cannot claim credit for my being here. None of us can. Continue reading

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The God of Our Religion

Several years ago, it occurred to me that if we are to understand the God of our religion, we must first understand religion and the role it plays in human affairs. Many people today are turning away from the so-called “formal” religions, claiming to be “spiritual but not religious.” I began to wonder if the problem is not with religion itself, but with how, over the course of human history, religion has come to be understood Continue reading

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We Have Forgotten Who We Are

On the same morning this past week that I read the above lines from Mary Oliver’s poem, “Invitation,” I had an extraordinary chance to practice her suggestion for living more attentive to the natural world around me. In fact several months ago, I began a new spiritual practice of daily reading a poem from one of Oliver’s books for just that purpose. Continue reading

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