A friend from seminary recently asked for some help with theme of creation care for a sermon and the coming church year. She even said, “I don’t know why I didn’t think of you sooner.” I have spent enough time and energy in this area to develop a reputation as someone she “should have thought of sooner.”
I scoured the archives for some relevant writings to share. I was thankful to have some of my past work on this blog to point her to. Hopefully it was helpful. I realized that everything I shared with her is several years old or more. There’s nothing wrong with that. One of my good friends only reads books that are over 20 years old, because often time sifts out the junk and leaves us with those things that are worthwhile and timeless.
But it leaves me wondering what I have to say today. What is it that I want or need to write today?
Throughout Latin America, people are opposing a model that destroys the environment and limits the possibilities for communities to continue cultivating the land and living the way they choose. Conflicts over mining, fumigations, and genetically modified organisms are among the most frequent.
She envisions “a new economy based on smallness” made up of independent businesses and decentralized farms that work cooperatively, invest in each other, and pay attention to a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Through her work at the Social Venture Network, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies BALLE, and other organizations, she has spent decades working to realize this vision. “We’re out to create a global system of human-scale, interconnected, local, living economies that provide basic needs to all the world’s people,” she writes. “To put it simply, we believe in happiness.”
Interesting thoughts on re-reading my least favorite book of the Bible. What it might mean for us in critiquing civilization and modern domination systems.
One of the most exciting and edifying developments in Old Testament studies in recent years has been the rereading of the “conquest” of Canaan and the formation of the Tribes of Yahweh.In the past one of the most difficult problems of scholars and Christians in general was the Joshua story of violent conquest under the divine mandate to kill every man, woman, and child. Archeological research has revealed that there was no such systematic conquest of Canaan, and the Book of Judges itself indicates that the process of settlement and conquest took place over a long period of time.