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Integral Ecology | Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Untying the Knots

“I… I had no idea what the Doctrine of Discovery was. It’s unbelievable, really, it meant that land could be taken if there were no baptized Christians there.” I was jolted out of a moment of distractedly gazing at the stained glass windows during announcements. It was a Sunday morning in early September, and I was visiting a deep suburban congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that I didn’t know well, but had worked with to coordinate an eco-stewardship project. Read the rest of Emilie Bouvier's blog post at: http://integral-voices.com/2017/10/12/untying-the-knots/.

Global Women's Project | Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Report: "Violence against women migrant workers"

This report from the United Nations Secretary General was published on July 25, 2017. It outlines the current context with respect to the problem of violence against women migrant workers. It provides information on the measures taken by Member States and activities undertaken within the United Nations system to address this issue and ensure the protection of migrant women’s human rights. The report concludes with recommendations for future action.

Integral Ecology | Fri, Sep 8, 2017

Addressing Climate Change Without EPA

In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the mission of which is to protect human health and the environment, takes the lead in addressing global climate change. President Nixon established the EPA with bipartisan support on December 2, 1970, in response to the public outcry over rivers catching on fire, thermal inversions of smog literally choking people to death, valleys filled with drums of spent chemicals, lakes dying from pollution, and fish that were inedible due to high levels of toxins. Read the rest of John J. O'Grady's blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2017/08/31/addressing-climate-change-without-epa/.

Center of Concern | Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Statement on Charlottesville

We strongly condemn the terrorist thoughts, words, and actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and will continue to walk in solidarity with all those who promote love, unity, and acceptance in our world. (Photo credit: Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Integral Ecology | Wed, Jul 12, 2017

For Generations To Come: The Questions That Bind

What are we?

What is the meaning of our lives?

What is our kindness? 

What is our righteousness? 

What is our liberation? 

What is our strength?

In the Jewish liturgical tradition, these are the questions we ask ourselves every morning at prayer.  It is with these questions that we not only begin our days, but the questions by which we shape our lives.

In reading and reflecting upon Pope Francis’s encyclical on integral ecology, Laudato Si’, the passage about what Pope Francis calls “justice between the generations” brought these core questions from my own inherited tradition to mind.  Pope Francis writes:

What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? . . . .What is the purpose of our life in this world? Why are we here? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us? (Laudato Si’, 160)

How true that how we choose to answer these questions, whatever their source, becomes in aggregate the signature we leave as individuals during our short time on the earth.  How true all the more so that our answers to these questions as one human family leave an indelible inscription upon the earth in our generation and for all generations.

Read the rest of Rabbi Jennifer E. Krause's blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2017/07/10/for-generations-to-come-the-questions-that-bind/.

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