Parents and Grandparents – here’s a meaningful gift for kids you love (and for yourself too!)

Cory and the Seventh Story will help kids you love learn how to recognize stories that create conflict and stories that lead to peace. Important in these times!

It's available for pre-order now - for Christmas delivery. It's co-written with Irish peace-activist Gareth Higgins and illustrated by award-winning Heather Lynn Harris.

You can also pre-order a companion e-book for adults, The Seventh Story: Us, Them, and the End of Violence.

 

 

You can learn more here and order here.

https://brianmclaren.net/store/

https://www.theseventhstory.com/

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Our new “all ages” children’s book – available now!

Cory and the Seventh Story is about a young raccoon who discovers the power of storytelling to bring peace in the Old Village. It's available for pre-order now - for Christmas delivery. It's co-written with Irish peace-activist Gareth Higgins and illustrated by award-winning Heather Lynn Harris.

You can also pre-order a companion e-book for adults, The Seventh Story: Us, Them, and the End of Violence.

You can learn more here and order here.

https://brianmclaren.net/store/

https://www.theseventhstory.com/

 

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What I Shared at Mountaintop Lecture Series

in Dahlonega, GA.

It was a pleasure to be with you all again! Keep up the great work ... and may the movement spread!

mountaintop ppt

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Q & R: Other economic systems?

Here's the Q:

Ever since watching your presentations at Conspire 2018, I have been devouring your YouTube videos and internet articles. I am starting to read your books, too, but haven't yet finished them so maybe you answer my question in one of them. Please excuse me if you have.

In one of your videos, or at the Conspire conference, I now can't remember where I heard this, you spoke about the possibility of other forms of economic systems rather than the current one that we practice world wide that we must constantly grow our economy. You said that our earth cannot accommodate this. I have thought this way for many years. Why do we always seem to focus on how much the economy is growing? Why is our economy in the U.S. so tied to the construction industry which to me just seems to destroy more and more of nature and to use up our natural resources?

My economics background is limited to one course in high school.  But your comment interested me. What are other options? Where can I learn about these options? The way our world is going at present doesn't seem to me to be consistent with stewarding God's creation, maintaining it for future generations and all the world's people yet I don't know enough to decide what other ways are available and how I can contribute in my little way in bringing about these other more sustainable economic systems.

Thanks for your incredible thoughts and guidance.

Here's the R:
The book where I've written most directly on this subject is "Everything Must Change." I think you'd find it helpful.
One of the economists I drew most deeply from in that book was Herman Daley. His book "Beyond Growth" is a classic. Easy to read and super helpful.
Also, if you search for "regenerative economy" you'll find all kinds of inspiring resources.
Thanks for this question. I wish both of our main political parties in the US would commit to a regenerative economy, and then compete to find the best path forward. Short of that, I wish one of our parties would make this commitment ... because ultimately, we will need economic, political, and personal actions all leading toward a new economy that embraces long term values as well as short term ones, and that embraces spiritual and human values prior to monetary values.
Also - here's a great sermon on the subject of caring for the earth from my friend Rev. Roy Terry:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1642&v=tu9r0njZNWw

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It is good, in these mean times, to

It is good, in these mean times, to

Notice beauty,

Savor kindness,

and open the soul to what is clear, pure, radiant, and

Wise.

For ignorance, arrogance, petulance, and violence are

Corrosive and

Contagious, unless

We fortify and resist

With intentional turnings of the heart

Toward what is humble, virtuous, and genuine

With innocence beyond naivete:

Like that mountain in the orange glow of sunset,

That day when we roamed free,

Or that moon, perfect behind a veil of thin clouds, as

We took a night walk and spoke freely,

Or the daily encore of gentle dawn light,

Or the bursting forth of that spring by the roadside with

Water clear beyond clear,

Or even in these clear tears shed by mourners with hearts broken open, after the latest

Atrocity about which the powerful will blaspheme with

Murky promises of "thoughts and prayers" (and nothing more).

A tornado of fecality rages, beloved, so do not miss

The holiness of beauty

Whenever is appears, for in these mean times,

One can forget to breathe,

And push,

And see.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9to1E8gQeI

 

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