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October 10th, 2017

Concord: Christian unity is the space between “diversity without unity,” on the one hand, and “unity without diversity,” on the other

By Joshua Kinlaw in Commonweal, 27 Sep 2017 Christians have always been a fractious bunch. Within twenty-five years of Jesus’ death, St. Paul was warning Christians at Corinth against taking one another to court. The apostle’s Corinthian experience would likely make him unsurprised at today’s South Carolinians: Episcopalians there are suing one another over some $500 million in church […]


October 10th, 2017

Minimum Viable Structure: Organisational Scaffolding to Get Out of Emergency Mode

October 10, 2017, Richard D. Bartlett, P2P Foundation How to run a marathon when all you know is sprinting I had a phone call last night with a friend in Houston. They’re doing emergency relief work in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. In their words, West Street Recovery is: “a grassroots organization of people from diverse […]


October 10th, 2017

Produce fruit: Laudato Si’ as a lens on the Sunday readings

Oct 7, 2017 by Mary M. McGlone in NCRonline.org Reflection on October 8, 2017  Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80, Philippians 4:6-9, and Matthew 21:33-43 (Unsplash/Samuel Zeller) Our Northern Hemisphere is in the full-throttled advance of a school year well begun, autumn leaves are beginning their annual exhibition of color, and the Christmas season is still blessedly distant. Everything is […]


October 8th, 2017

Ending this Season of Creation where we started:  Show Mercy to our Common Home

Ending this Season of Creation where we started: Show Mercy to our Common Home

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION 1 SEPTEMBER 2016  Show Mercy to our Common Home United with our Orthodox brothers and sisters, and with the support of other Churches and Christian communities, the Catholic Church today marks the “World Day of […]


October 5th, 2017

Paris Bishop: “If the Church can find a place in 21st-century society, it will only be if Christians find a way of intervening in the life of society, if they genuinely take responsibility”

Paris Bishop: “If the Church can find a place in 21st-century society, it will only be if Christians find a way of intervening in the life of society, if they genuinely take responsibility”

“We cannot completely depend on a limited number of priests.  The fruitfulness and the visibility of the Church cannot be reduced solely to their activity or else we will be heading straight into a wall! What counts is the capacity of the priest to coordinate, stimulate, lead and offer spiritual nourishment, which will enable Christians […]


October 5th, 2017

The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth by Fred Pearce

Notes/excerpts from the excellent book by Fred Pearce (well-worth reading in full!)  Page references are from the kindle version. I have been in awe at the grabbers’ sheer ambition, and sometimes at their open-hearted altruism too. Some want to save their nations from a coming “perfect storm” of rising population, changing diets, and climate change. […]


October 4th, 2017

Land grabbing in an extractive system of domination and dehumanization is impacting the lives of those on the front lines more than climate change, in many areas

Defending Nature Is a Deadly Business in Honduras (and many other countries) Berta Cáceres fought to protect native lands in Honduras — and paid for it with her life. She is one of hundreds of victims of a disturbing global trend — the killings of environmental activists who try to block development projects. A shrine to Berta Cáceres in […]


October 4th, 2017

Bishop: let’s get off of fossil fuels. In order to fight climate change, we need to unite in action that is collective, global, and shared, involving all strata of society all around the world.

By Don João Mamede Filho on CommonDreams.org ‘Laudato Si’, considered by environmentalists all around the world as the “Green Encyclical, has become a work read by Christians and non-Christians alike in all corners of the world. In it, Pope Francis calls on us all to take care of our “Common Home” and all that exists in it. […]


October 4th, 2017

Indigenous people live in over 93% of supposedly “uninhabited” land.  When indigenous people control their own land, all life benefits from clean air, water, and protection

Indigenous people live in over 93% of supposedly “uninhabited” land. When indigenous people control their own land, all life benefits from clean air, water, and protection

By Ben Paynter, Fast Company, 10.03.17 A new center, the Tenure Facility, is using mapping and legal services to help establish that indigenous people are rightful owners of rainforests around the world, in turn protecting those forests so that they can keep sequestering greenhouse gases. Photo: Tenure Facility Tropical rainforests controlled by indigenous people currently […]


October 4th, 2017

Catholic facilities continued life in service to common good

Catholic facilities continued life in service to common good

Michel Bauwens and the P2P Foundation/Movement sent a letter to Pope Francis encouraging further action on Catholic support of cooperatives, especially opening use of Catholic facilities that might otherwise be closed or sold, for efforts in the common good and expansion of the solidarity economy.  In the speech below, Michel Bauwens is speeking in his […]

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