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The issue of global warming, climate change, extreme weather (however one would characterize the phenomenon – and this was a topic of discussion throughout the day) was explored through the Interfaith Climate Summit at Asylum Hill Church in Hartford, Connecticut by keynote speakers, panelists, workshops and lunchtime conversations by well over 100 participants.
Events of the past week present us with the strange construct of open, democratic, largely civil debate about monumentally consequential global issues between heads of state in the chambers of the often maligned United Nations at the same time as we endure puerile, bombastic, dysfunctional wrangling among elected officials in the halls, and on the floors, of Congress in the United States of Ame
It’s been a long time getting here and it really hasn’t been easy, though for some it has been easier than others.
On October 29th 2012, as we watched exploding transformers across the Hudson River from the Nyack Headquarters of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, I received a text message from Los Angeles saying my daughter was on the way to the hospital, three weeks ahead of schedule, to deliver our first grandchild. His name is Jack Bell Ricciardella. I call him Sandy Jack.
If Memorial Day is the bridge between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, as metaphorically and calendarically it is, then Eve Ensler’s In The Body of the World: A Memoir is the text the day.
The following opening comments and then the poem were presented as a part of the Convergence to Action in Syracuse, New York at the Hancock Air Force Drone training and operational base by Mark Johnson, executive director of FOR. 220 participants walked in solemn procession to the gates of the base and 31 were arrested as an act of civil resistance protesting the use of drones by the US M
“That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.”
The above quote by Aldo Leopold, the late American scientist and environmentalist, speaks to the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s steadfast commitment to “reverence for all creation.”
Now what? From Newtown to Boston what do we know? What do we do now? We know that violence will break out with vicious and unpredictable reality many places in the world every day. We know we can tell stories that place this violence in many different narratives of justice and injustice.
Three sociologists, an economist, two Rabbis and a Unitarian are riding in the back of a paddy-wagon. No joke. So what do they talk about? Carbon caps and carbon taxes, distributive justice, no-growth economic models, the environmental consequences of war, the state of the Movement, faith-based organizing, monkey-wrenching. Almost everything under the sun and the sun too.