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 […]

A Small Parenthesis in Eternity

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in cosmos, wholeness | No Comments
A Small Parenthesis in Eternity

The 17th-century English physician and philosopher Sir Thomas Browne once said, “The created world is nothing but a small parenthesis in eternity.” If this is true, then what is my own life?  There is nothing like space and ancient rock to give some perspective, when feeling too important or when feeling weighed down by problems. […]

Groundhogs, Blizzards, and the Baby Jesus

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in cosmos, neighborhood | One Comment
Groundhogs, Blizzards, and the Baby Jesus

A major winter storm swept the Central Plains and Upper Midwest yesterday and today, dumping up to a foot of snow and producing blizzard conditions in some areas. As one intrepid TV reporter in Sioux City, Iowa, put it after nearly getting blown over, “It’s just not good out here.” My neighborhood escaped it, although […]

Facing Climate Change With Hope: Sigurd Olson’s Way

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in cosmos, land | No Comments
Facing Climate Change With Hope: Sigurd Olson’s Way

As Sigurd Olson’s biographer, I was invited to speak at Northland College during the year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. It was April 4, 2013, Sigurd’s birthday. Rather than speak about the details of his life, I chose to focus on the relevance of his ideas and perspective to the great […]