Crawford Kilian has crafted an articulate analysis of the new encyclical by Pope Francis, and distilled some of the wisdom therein into the following:
“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”
“The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs to buy, own and consume.”
“Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is, first and foremost, up to us.”
“For indigenous communities, land is not a commodity, but a gift from God, a sacred space.”
“Earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.”
“We should be particularly indignant at the enormous inequalities in our midst.”
“We have to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”
Kilian writes that, “This is highly incendiary stuff, and the pope is clearly aware that not all his bishops and cardinals will want to propagate this kind of revolutionary faith. But his encyclical frequently credits the clergy of various nations (including the Canadian bishops) for their endorsements of countless key points. They are on his side whether they want to be or not.”
Read more at: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/06/22/Pope-Save-Thy-Planet/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=220615
What makes a good leader for any organization?
Wesley Wes Granberg-Michaelson approaches this question in a reflection on the resignations of two prominent “leaders”.
“My experience in the worlds of both religion and politics convinces me that one of three issues is at the heart of the catastrophic demise of any leader — money, sex, or power. Sometimes it’s a trifecta of all three together, like the case of John Edwards, the former Democratic presidential candidate. But in virtually every case, a leader’s personal inability to exercise appropriate constraint and control over one or more of these three dimensions of life can lead to careers that crumble and reputations that become shattered.”
However, there is a positive aspect to Grandberg-Michaelson’s response as well.
“At the end of the day, the inner qualities of a potential leader — and especially a president — can end up having huge external consequences. No, we can’t expect them to be saints. It’s a start, in fact, if they can at least recognize that they are sinners. And then we can hope and expect that they are living well-examined lives, that they have dealt with their inner demons, and that they are living by habits and practices that can integrate their deeper selves. From such leaders one can expect wisdom, courage, and discernment. Their internal work can externally affect millions for the good.”
Read the full reflection on qualities of a leader at: http://www.sojo.net/blogs/2015/06/04/duet-demise
Reducing carbon in the atmosphere
Looking for improved media coverage of climate change?
The Climate Publishers Network has been established, and Tyler Hamilton provides details in this article:
This is indeed good news – a step forward.