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October 19th, 2017

Human success at the expense of other species is “a pretty awful legacy”

“People compare it to burning down a library. That’s what we’re doing, just eliminating a certain knowledge of how to make it in this world.  But because those are such alien ways, you just don’t even know how other species make a living. Until something goes really radically awry, we don’t even notice it. And things […]


October 19th, 2017

The heart takes its bearings directly from the whole

The heart’s energetic bandwidth is intimacy, the capacity to perceive things from the inside by coming into sympathetic resonance with them. In contrast to the mind, which perceives through differentiation (I am me, because I am not you), the heart takes its bearings directly from the whole (the “I” and the “you” drop out), through […]


October 18th, 2017

Fascinating research on the extent and sharing of tree roots

We did not detect a difference between species in the volume of soil reached by roots. We also found roots extending more than 20 meters (60 feet) away from the tree trunk.” The six trees in the experiment, Anacardium excelsum (Espave in Spanish), Cedrela odorata, Dalbergia retusa (Cocobolo), Pachira quinata (Cedro Espino), Tabebuia rosea (Roble) and a (Amarillo), all have high timber value and […]


October 18th, 2017

The water really does hold us up: From the individual to the personal, faith is never a matter of doctrines and principles; it is first and foremost an action

Cynthia Bourgeault continues reflecting on the Christian mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The second hopeful resource that Teilhard brings to our unsettled times is his unshakable conviction that evolutionary progress will unfold its ultimate triumph in the realm of the personal. Our postmodern temperament has a well-ingrained tendency to regard the world through a filter […]


October 18th, 2017

Africa: one billion people, 55 countries, more than 2,000 languages

Africa: one billion people, 55 countries, more than 2,000 languages

Africa is not a country—but a continent with one billion people, living in 55 different countries, and speaking more than 2,000 languages. Yet a relatively narrow coverage of Africa and its people exists not only in mainstream media, but as a new research paper shows, in academia as well. Virginia Tech University analyzed 20 years […]


October 17th, 2017

Of the world’s 7000 languages, fully half may disappear within our lifetimes. At risk is a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalog of the imagination that is the human legacy.

Language preservation is of particular concern to Catholics, not least because we were part of the dominant culture and efforts which sometimes contributed to wiping languages out, in the colonial era.  We can say this now, and consider what actions and reparations might help (toward language preservation) at the same time we appreciate many of […]


October 17th, 2017

What’s Pope Francis’ process with homilies?

Excerpt from America Magazine, Nov 2017 Francis revealed his method: “I begin at midday, the day before. I read the Scripture texts of the following day, and I choose one of the two. I then read aloud the text I have chosen. I need to hear the sound, to listen to the words. And then […]


October 17th, 2017

COP23 Interfaith Statement and Workshop on Inter-religious Action for a Sustainable Climate: Role of Faith-Based Organisations in human behaviour change at different scales

Our very own Allen Ottaro (from the GCCM Steering Committee) participated in the following Workshop on Inter-religious Action for a Sustainable Climate:  the role of Faith-Based Organisations in human behaviour change at different scales Event: ED12  11 September 2017, Agadir, Morocco, SALLE TAFOUKT, Hotel Atlantic Palace Speakers: Allen Ottaro (Kenya), Master Ren Da and Venerable Miao Hai (China), Lydia […]


October 17th, 2017

Helping others find their voice

From Global Sisters Report, Handing the pen to sisters: Uganda, October 2017 More than 20 sisters participating in an administration and leadership course take part in a Global Sisters Report writing workshop Sept. 9 in Kampala, Uganda. (GSR photo / Melanie Lidman) by Melanie Lidman, Oct. 16, 2017 in Ministry, Writing Workshops Global Sisters Report is not just a news hub. […]

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