“Last-Chance Tourism” — The Future’s Final Port of Call

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in cosmos, land | No Comments
“Last-Chance Tourism” — The Future’s Final Port of Call

They’re calling it “last-chance tourism“–the last chance to see the icy landscape of the Arctic and the species that are adapted to it, before climate change destroys it all. And they’re right. The Arctic is undergoing massive changes, and models project it will be ice-free during the summer tourist season by the 2030s, or at […]

What’s Wrong With Radicalism?

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in cosmos, wholeness | No Comments
What’s Wrong With Radicalism?

Conservative columnist David Brooks has been on a roll lately, describing very well the rot that has overtaken his Republican Party, and trying to stir people to turn away from ugly tribalism and turn back to the healthy spiritual values he argues were present at the founding of the nation and enshrined in Christianity. I […]

Early Morning Reflection

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in cosmos | No Comments
Early Morning Reflection

I dream of a hard and brutal mysticism in which the naked self merges with a non-human world and yet somehow survives still intact, individual, separate. Paradox and bedrock. –Edward Abbey– Reality does not conform to either/or, black-and-white thinking. If we focus on matter and forget spirit, or focus on spirit and forget matter,  we lose […]

What We Hold in Our Hands

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in cosmos, wholeness | No Comments
What We Hold in Our Hands

Massive, devastating hurricanes and torrential downpours have led to the displacement of tens of millions in Asia and the southern U.S. Wildfires have torched large parts of the U.S. and Canadian West, as well as Greece, Brazil, Portugal, Algeria, Tunisia, Greenland, Siberia, and Russia, destroying homes, forcing large-scale evacuations, and making the air dangerous to […]

Genuine Climate Science Skeptics vs Lovers of Partisan Fairy Tales

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in cosmos | No Comments
Genuine Climate Science Skeptics vs Lovers of Partisan Fairy Tales

I have known a few conservatives who accept the reality and seriousness of human-caused climate change; I have known many more who do not. What is the difference? Skepticism of media. Those conservatives who accept the scientific consensus about climate change are skeptical of media. Those who deny the scientific consensus are not. I know, […]

The Daunting Moral Calculus of Climate Change

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in cosmos, land | One Comment
The Daunting Moral Calculus of Climate Change

Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s climate. So […]

The Great Affluence Fallacy

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in cosmos | No Comments
The Great Affluence Fallacy

One of the most powerful aspects of culture is its ability to shape our assumptions about “the good life.” Over the past couple of hundred years, Western societies have embraced a model that increasingly has favored free markets and personal freedom as essential to a good life. Nowhere is that more the case than in […]

Pope Francis’ Trinitarian Ecology

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in cosmos | No Comments
Pope Francis’ Trinitarian Ecology

In honor of the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on the environment, I am re-posting the three pieces I wrote shortly after the encyclical was published. As with other encyclicals, it will take years, even decades, to get a complete picture of its global effect within the church and in the world at large, but […]

The Most Radical Aspect of Pope Francis’ Encyclical

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in cosmos | One Comment
The Most Radical Aspect of Pope Francis’ Encyclical

In honor of the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on the environment, I am re-posting the three pieces I wrote shortly after the encyclical was published. As with other encyclicals, it will take years, even decades, to get a complete picture of its global effect within the church and in the world at large, but […]

Pope Francis and the Thin Blue Line

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in cosmos | No Comments
Pope Francis and the Thin Blue Line

June 18 was the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. As with other encyclicals, it will take years, even decades, to get a complete picture of its global effect within the church and in the world at large, but it certainly galvanized those working towards a major global pact on climate change, and […]