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Wednesday
Aug022017

A Corporate Attorney Speaks to How Corporations Rule the World

Steve GehringI was shocked when I first read the book, When Corporations Rule the World. That was 20 years ago. Ever since, I’ve been asking, “Well, if corporations are the real rulers, do I want to spend much energy on the political election process? And how do citizens’ views prevail in legislation when corporations rule the legislators?” Today, the Republican leadership pursues power with a mean-spiritedness toward most citizens and Earth while rewarding wealth held by rich people and corporations. For us to counter what governments are doing, or help them do what we want them to, we need to understand what those who govern are driven by.

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Monday
Jul102017

With U.S. Abdicating Leadership on Climate, Is Any World Leader Likely to Give This Speech? The Podium Waits

Imagine for a moment that world leaders in government and business have come under the spell of the mystique of the natural world and Earth so strongly that they move beyond the mystique of their country, products, and profits. And imagine a global forum of these leaders at which they take turns at the podium to talk about how the mystique of Earth is impacting them and their work. It could be a United Nations Assembly or the World Economic Forum at its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The audience includes leaders of nations, an array of women and men who are CEOs of business and finance, leaders in academia and religion, and lead‐ers of nonprofits. Speeches tell about the mythology of Progress that encircles the globe and manifests as increased technology and consumption of goods in more countries. The U.S. president, after speaking of the needs of a rapidly growing human population, the desire to foster strong economies, and the wellbeing of citizens, speaks to how our decisions are impacting Earth, our common home. The president continues:

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Thursday
Jun292017

August 2 - A Special Day for Us and Earth. Know Why?

Put August 2 on your calendar. It needs equal attention as holy days and holidays. We need to schedule vigils and rituals. Public locations would be good such as in front of a too-big-to-fail bank or a fossil fuel company or a transnational corporation that gets government subsidies while paying their CEO millions. Why? What’s special about August 2?

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Monday
Jun122017

Patricia St. Onge (Haudenosaune) on Standing Together since Standing Rock

Patricia is an expert on how cultural diversity differs greatly from cultural appropriation, a difference she explains in this podcast. She also explained it to Lee after he invited her to write the “Foreword” to his book, From Egos to Eden. As a result the chapter on Indigenous peoples (chapter 7) was entirely rewritten. All of Patricia’s consulting work is culturally based. It’s deeply rooted in the concept of Seven Generations. “We honor the generations who have come before us, are mindful of those yet to come, and recognize that the impact of the decisions we’re making now will last for seven generations.” The following interview is excerpted from a conversation I had with Patricia, April, 2017, right after she had launched a module on Eco-Ministry at the Chaplaincy Institute, an interfaith seminary and community, in Berkeley, California. You can listen to the full conversation on The Common Good Podcast.

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Thursday
May252017

Kiss the Ground and Affectionately Solve the Crisis of Too Much CO2 in Our Air

When I first watched the pope kiss the ground, I wondered why? Now I’m recommending that we all do it often. Lest you think it’s far too empty a ritual to risk getting dirt on your lips, you simply must look at a particular website. You won’t forget the name. It’s called, Kiss the Ground. I’m betting that for every five minutes you spend traveling around that site, you’ll feel more and more like romancing the ground.

Here are some quotes from the website to help arouse your flirtatious self and get into a real kiss:

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Saturday
May132017

Teaching Important Ecology Choices in Adult Forums at St. Paul's Cathedral (Episcopal)

David TremaineEarth is pushing back hard on so many fronts of civilization’s activities. We need people from every sector of society on board to reverse climate change, to reverse soil and water degradation, and to reverse species extinctions. Faith communities could be key. They have yet to rise to anything resembling the stature their best teachers tell them is possible. Faith communities have lots of direct people contacts—weekly worship audiences and various weekday groups. This gives them many chances to talk about ecological themes crises and faith-based actions.

I recently participated in the Sunday Adult Form at St. Paul’s Cathedral (Episcopal), San Diego.

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Saturday
May062017

The Launch of "Eco-Ministry for Life on Earth" Course

Eco-spirituality is a core element in Earth-size living. So it was a special experience to be part of launching the Eco-Ministry program at the Chaplaincy Institute, an Interfaith Seminary and Community in Berkeley, California, this past April. The Institute structures units of learning in 4-5 day modules. The “Eco-Ministry for Life on Earth” module included among its faculty a rich mix: two Indigenous women, three scientists, a theolgian, and a spiritual director. Rituals and interactive experiences add lots of opportunity for our right brains to be engaged.

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