Religion: A Practical Solution to Environmental Crises?

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Sometimes we may think that the religious dimension of the environment amounts to romantic tree-hugging, while what we really need to address environmental issues are practical, on-the-ground solutions. I think, rather, that approaching environmental issues from a spiritual perspective in many ways offers us the greatest hope because it directly affects the economic system. Here’s why.

Religious values and consumers

As more and more people come to encounter the sacred in creation, Continue reading “Religion: A Practical Solution to Environmental Crises?”


Spirituality and Saving the Planet

Photo by Robin Gottfried

On Christmas Eve I was gazing at our Christmas tree, particularly at a blue stained glass ornament nestled inside the branches deep in the tree, peering out from within. It spoke to me of the light of God hidden deep within each of us — substantial, hard, and real — not the gushy, sentimental, noncommittal entity we talk about sometimes and think about less. The star was there, but I had to take time to be with the tree and to look carefully to discover it.

What is it we can discover deep in creation and in ourselves, and what does it mean? Continue reading “Spirituality and Saving the Planet”

Climate Change and the Babe in the Manger


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The image of an infant lying in a manger evokes warm feelings of God’s loving presence in our midst, but it carries cosmic implications that provide insight into how to face today’s challenge of climate change. These implications have to do with the “us” in Emmanuel (“God with us”), the name given to the Messiah by Isaiah and Matthew.


In the Bible there are two fundamental orders of reality: the Creator and the creation. Continue reading “Climate Change and the Babe in the Manger”

The Winter Forest Gives Us a Clue About How to Experience God


Photo by Robert Gottfried

Many of us long to experience God’s presence in our lives but find it difficult to do. I think the woods may offer us a clue.

The forest here on the Cumberland Plateau has hunkered down for the winter. The racket of the katydids, crickets, frogs, and songbirds is gone, replaced instead by an occasional rustle of a squirrel searching for nuts in the leaves. Stripped bare, the oaks and wild blueberries are waiting for things to turn around, looking for signs of spring. They watch for the light and warmth that signal the start of the new season. But will they notice when the change begins? Will they realize it when the days start to get longer? Will we? Continue reading “The Winter Forest Gives Us a Clue About How to Experience God”