Global Warming: What You Need to Know Right Now

Here's a recent highly-understandable summary on where we are with global warming:

https://www.tomorrow.io/weather/blog/global-warming-status/

I do quibble with one statement in the article, that we don't need to point fingers. I actually think we do. We need to point fingers at these four groups.

  1. The Fossil Fuel Industry. See this important article about Exxon. As Senator Sheldon Whitehouse recently said, "Exxon knew; Exxon lied; Exxon paid front groups to do its dirty work; Exxon corrupted our politics; Exxon has never come clean; and Exxon is probably still at it."
  2. The US Government (and other G20 governments). G20 nations give more than 20 times the subsidies to fossil fuels than they do to renewable energy. That's crazy and has to stop.
  3. 139 climate deniers in Congress are holding our nation - and the world - hostage to their ignorance (or corruption). You should know who they are and vote against them. Here's a list of 109 representatives and 30 senators.
  4. Anyone who promotes false or misleading information. Want to know how to respond to the six most common climate fallacies? Here's a short fact-based summary.

Thanks to reader Peter C for encouraging me to post more on this topic. It really is urgent. And that's an understatement.

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Learning How to See, Season 2 … available now!

I'm glad to announce that CAC is releasing Season 2 of Learning How to See. If you enjoyed Season 1, you'll be able to dig deeper in Season 2, and if you haven't yet listened to Season 1, you'll get a summary of Season 1 content in Season 2, along with some fresh reflections and practices with members of the amazing CAC staff team.

Here's Episode 1 of Season 2: https://cac.org/podcasts/the-big-ditch/

And here's the Season 1 archive: https://cac.org/podcast/learning-how-to-see/

 

 

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I’m Co-Hosting a new Annual Gathering. Maybe you should come?

I'm grateful and excited to join Diana Butler Bass and Jim Chafee to host Southern Lights: A January Adventure in Progressive Christianity. 

For a weekend each January (starting January 14-16, 2022), we're hoping to bring together a wide array of forward-leaning Christians  to brighten the light of progressive Christianity in the American South ... a region that really needs it. We'll gather at the beautiful Epworth-by-the-Sea conference center on St. Simon's island. It's a place of beauty and rest along the Atlantic coast, easily accessible via Savannah and Jacksonville airports.

In 2022, Diana, Jim, and I will be joined by some amazing colleagues.

Dr. Anthea Butler, professor of Religious and Africana studies, whose new book, White Evangelical Racism, is causing a needed stir.

Kaitlin Curtice, a storyteller, poet, and citizen of the Potawatomi nation, whose book Native explores identity, belonging, and rediscovering God.

Ken Medema, a composer, musician, and master improv artist, whose music brings me a flood of joy whenever I hear him.

We hope you'll join us too! Info here.

And if you can't wait until January to shine some light in the South, don't miss the Wild Goose Festival over Labor Day weekend. Details here.  Then join us in January for Southern Lights, on St. Simon's Island in Georgia, January 14-16, 2022.

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Please consider forwarding this to every white pastor or priest you know.

My friend Rob Spencer models the kind of sermon that  I believe every white pastor across America needs to preach -- to break the silence about white supremacy in our churches. If you need inspiration, you'll find it here. You may shed a few tears too. It lasts 30 minutes, and begins at 0:29:00.

https://www.facebook.com/connectionsparis/videos/803104350220553

Rob and his congregation followed up this sermon with action, and the process continues. Of course there is push-back. How could there not be in this country, with its history? God bless pastors who take the risk of breaking the sound barrier on race, and then follow up words with actions.

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Celebrating a Life of Wonder, Goodness, and Creativity

Early this morning, dear friend and creative collaborator Fran McKendree passed from this life, leaving a rich legacy of friendship and creative vitality behind.

I had the bittersweet joy of visiting him last month, seeing his body made frail by cancer, but his spirit as alive and saturated with kindness as ever.

Below you'll find a few of our creative collaborations.

 

 

https://franmckendree.com/track/2187725/if-we-don-t-have-love

Thanks be to God for a genuine human being, a friend, husband to Diana, a stellar musician and gatherer of awakening souls, a person in whose presence God's presence was as real as a wink and a smile.

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