Toward Ecological Citizenship: Re-discovering a Sense of the Sacred

How might we discover a pathway into citizenship with the other-than-human world? This possibility calls for a unity of the physical niche and the spiritual niche of human beings.

Eco-literacy Part 5: We Measure What We Treasure

Several months ago, U.S. President Donald Trump sent out a tweet misspelling “emergency” as “emergy”. Almost no one recognizes emergy as a real word, and so Trump was derided for his lack of attention to spelling.   Although the current president isn’t likely aware of the meaning of the word emergy (often spelled with a […]

Eco-literacy Part 4: The Law of Return and Sustainability

A cycle of giving, and exchange, and symbiosis. This is how I’ve largely come to see Nature in her most healthy functioning ways. This isn’t to say that resource scarcity and competition don’t exist – they do – but we’ve placed far too much emphasis on these aspects of understanding nature as applied to human […]

Eco-literacy Part 3: Universal Laws

Ecology is defined as the study of the relationships between organisms and their environments. The word ecology is derived from the Greek oikos, which means “house” and -logia, “study of”. Few people are ever trained in the basic foundations on which the earth, our home, functions, and on which we are wholly dependent.   Based […]

Eco-literacy Part 2: The missing element in our connections and decision making with our environment

Could I ever convince you that the tail wags the dog?   Probably not. It is easy to observe that dogs in every country in every land known to us wag their tails, not the other way around. There are many things in our world and universe that we don’t so easily observe, and so […]

Eco-literacy Part 1: The missing element in our connections and decision making with our environment

Here’s a question you may not have heard before: What is the real currency of our planet?   As toddlers, we begin to naturally learn to respond to and speak our parents’ language. We learn soon enough the words for coins and dollars, and their value to obtain things we want. In modern human societies […]

Cultivate Gratitude

Even after all this time The sun never says to the earth “You owe me” Look what happens with a love like that It lights the whole sky ~D. Landinsky (attributed to Rumi)   At dusk, as I walked into the woods, I noticed the tops of the barren trees shimmering with golden sunlight and took […]

Slowing Down and Taking Notice: Embodying the Teachings of the Landscape

“In what ways are you paying attention to the divine spark within you promoting you to slow down and take notice?” ~ Christine Stine   A local group I belong to called the Sacred Earth discussion group has been sharing about Creation-centered Spirituality in our in-person meetings based on the book Order of the Sacred Earth. […]

What Does it Mean to Take a Vow of “Being the Best Lover and Defender of Mother Earth that I Can Be”?

[photo of Blue Lake near Mt. Audubon by Brent T. Ladd] Recently I read and rumbled with a book titled, Order of the Sacred Earth by religious scholar and spiritual elder Matthew Fox and friends. The subtitle is “An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action”. Fox has been a ‘book elder’ to me, as he […]

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