Modern Day Parable on Environmentalism (Joel Salatin)

Reading in the Christian Century today there was a review of Joel Salatin’s newest book “Mad farmer?” and read this parable from the “Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic,” as Michael Pollan describes in Omnivore’s Dilema. Salatin writes: We have neighbors—I’ll call them Cleve and Matilda—who would be the bane of liberal environmentalists. . . .Continue reading “Modern Day Parable on Environmentalism (Joel Salatin)”

Resources and Tips for Becoming Green and Protecting OUR Environment

I am continually challenged to be more frugal with the way I live my life, expend resources, and how my choices affect others (often people I don’t know and will never meet). When we talk about “saving the planet,” being “environmentally friendly,” or “creation care,” it’s easy to see people take sides instantly. I amContinue reading “Resources and Tips for Becoming Green and Protecting OUR Environment”

Ignatian Examen

Questions for reflection are used in a number of different ways for spiritual practice. Quakers use the practice of “queries,” which are open-ended, well-crafted questions often directed towards the community to help shape the life of that community. Another practice of asking questions within a spiritual tradition is the Ignatian Examen that is still inContinue reading “Ignatian Examen”

apprentices as leaders

These are the kind of leadership qualities that set Apprentices apart from tradition leaders in communities: 1. Are able to focus on strength rather than pathology because they are able to see the nuances within a community that speak to strengths, gifts. They know that to focus on strength and current skills is part ofContinue reading “apprentices as leaders”

Dress Down (Good) Friday Edition

I trust that you are all staying safe and well. I am sending love and blessings to each of you in this trying and uncertain time. I take hope in knowing and believing in the Christian story. Knowing that God experienced and experiences human suffering. That uncertainty and waiting is a part of the humanContinue reading “Dress Down (Good) Friday Edition”

Using Roam Research in Academia

I have fallen in love with the note-taking, research, “second brain” app called, Roam Research. It is a simple application that enables me to take notes and do research in ways that I have not been able to do with other note-taking systems. As someone who loves to read, research, and write, I find Roam’sContinue reading “Using Roam Research in Academia”

The Parable of the Grain of Wheat: On Being Publishers of Truth Today

A number of folks have asked me to post this, so here is the message I gave tonight at the FUM Triennial gathering @ Friends University Wichita, KA. “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. ButContinue reading “The Parable of the Grain of Wheat: On Being Publishers of Truth Today”

Rev. Barber: We Will Take Back Our Country, by Moral Means | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Diane Ravitch recently posted excerpts from an article Rev. Dr. William Barber wrote for Think Progress on December 15, 2016. If you do not know who Rev. Barber is, you should find out. He is the president of the NAACP in NC and a pastor of a church in Goldsboro, NC and wrote a bookContinue reading “Rev. Barber: We Will Take Back Our Country, by Moral Means | Diane Ravitch’s blog”

Creating a “Collaborative Syllabus” Using Trello

I believe very strongly in creating a participatory learning environment for students but when it comes to creating a syllabus it seems like the only option is to use the standard “banking” model of education (Freire). As the instructor for a course, I lay out specific texts, assignments and themes for the students to digest in classContinue reading “Creating a “Collaborative Syllabus” Using Trello”