There's part of Kentucky fondly called the "Holy Land." It's where Maryland Catholics settled in the 18th and 19th centuries after moving westward across the Allegheny Mountains. It probably has more religious establishments per square inch than any rural place in the country. It is home to the Loretto Motherhouse, the Kentucky Ursulines, Kentucky Dominicans, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and the Abbey of Gethsemani, to name but a few.
In 1994, NPR assigned a team of reporters to document possible solutions to the world's greatest environmental crises. Alan Weisman found Gaviotas, a Colombian village started in 1971 in the barren, rain-leached eastern savannas. He wrote a book about it in 1998, Gaviotas, A Village to Reinvent the World.
When the Sufis and Muslims pray "La illaha il Allah," they are reaffirming, "There is no God but God." Both the Arabic word "Allah" and the Aramaic "Allaha" mean "unity" or "oneness."
Monday marked the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Traditionally a time of fasting, prayer and introspection for Muslims worldwide, the month has an added focus this year in one Arab nation, where they have connected the religious period with the theme from World Environment Day 2013 — “reduce your foodprint.”
As I age, I want to notice what I think I have already seen. As the planet ages, I want us all to notice what we think we have already seen. Otherwise, we go to seed without seeding.
I once saw the deep-blue wine berries of fall differently than I had seen them before. Often considered a weed, they are blousy and fat, dominating and unplanted. They look like those shelves in antique stores where blue glasses and vases and pitchers cling together for color.
Fragile is a word that keeps following me around.
In a recent evaluation, one of my members said that my congregation is delightfully fragile. He meant tender, not fixed; he meant open, not closed; he meant safe for vulnerability. It was a compliment, not a complaint.
Then at a conference on developing a new spiritual narrative for the 21st century, it resurfaced: “We live in a fragile universe, which some say has only five more years to fix itself.” I thought that hyperbolic, but then again no one has ever accused me of not excelling at denial.
Eco Catholic: At 10,345 square feet, Marie Sweeney and Fred Taylor's backyard garden seems to go on forever.
Eco Catholic: The United States must become a leader on the issue of climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
Speaking on the steps of Georgetown University’s Old North building, President Barack Obama will unveil Tuesday his plan for reducing carbon pollution and combatting climate change.
Much anticipated since Obama made climate change a central tenant of his second-term victory speech and second inaugural address, the plan works toward his 2009 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.
It is unclear whether President Barack Obama's Tuesday speech on climate change at Georgetown University will include any references to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Recent major flooding in and around Calgary and near Fort McMurray in Alberta, the site of the tar sands extraction, makes it imperative he do so.