Monthly Archives: September 2019

September 30

 Rosh Hashanah  Reflection Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, is the beginning of 10 days of soul searching and repentance. The themes of the High Holy Days are meant to create a sensitivity and appreciation for the precious significance of everyday existence. For all of us, focusing on human mortality and the factors that wreak havoc upon human

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September 29

Reflection If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead. Luke 16:31 In this parable the rich man’s condemnation was not because he was wealthy but because he was indifferent. Life was good. The fact that there was a hungry, homeless, sick person on his doorstep was

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September 28

Reflection It seems that suddenly we have come to the end of September. Wasn’t it just Spring? Time slips away and only the present moment is what is real. “Today is yesterday’s tomorrow”. It is a reminder that life is precious. To rush busily through our days without noticing the unfolding of the seasons, the maturing of our children, the

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September 27

Reflection At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family. It is about protecting both the human environment and the natural environment. To embrace our role as stewards of God’s creation, we must employ

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September 26

Reflection An ecological asceticism works to restore right relations between humankind and otherkind. Rather than the medieval construct of the hierarchy of being…ecological asceticism reconfigures that pyramid into a circle of life with human beings thoroughly interwoven with all other creatures, special in virtue of being conscious and free but utterly interdependent on others for their life. The prophetic response

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September 25

Reflection The most pressing moral and spiritual question of the age is – what is our relationship with the earth and how do we set it right again? What is it that needs to be done? If what we have learned from culture and its economic and political world view is a hierarchical world view that elevates the human species

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September 24

Reflection From time to time in human history our world is threatened by circumstances so dire that the people unite in the cause of common survival.  This happened last Friday when children gathered throughout the world demanding world leaders act to reverse climate change. They understood better than adults the peril they are facing. Together they reminded us of our

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September 23

Autumn Equinox Reflection There is a poignancy to autumn. This is the time of harvest. The plants have achieved their fullness and now they offer their fruits and drop their seeds. The trees, whose new green announced springtime, will lose their green and reveal the brilliant oranges, reds and yellows that were hidden beneath. The early dawn of mornings and

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September 22

Reflection No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  Luke 16:13 As persons, we have an internal unity.  Who we are and what we believe infuses what we do. We cannot really separate our visible choices or words from what

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September 21

 International Day of Peace Reflection  The theme for International Day of Peace 2019 is Climate Action for Peace. The theme draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. Climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security. Natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts,

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