Sparker: "New Op-ed on this topic that offers a little bit of realistic hope and vision casting." by Emma Marris | NYTimes, January 10, 2020 You are scrolling through the news and see yet another story about climate change. Australia is on fire. Indonesia is drowning. At the same time, Donald Trump is trying to … Continue reading How to Stop Freaking Out and Tackle Climate Change
An article that a few Sparkers and pastors noted and discussed. By Daniel Cox and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux | FiveThirtyEight, December 12, 2019 Millennials have earned a reputation for reshaping industries and institutions — shaking up the workplace, transforming dating culture, and rethinking parenthood. They’ve also had a dramatic impact on American religious life. Four in … Continue reading Millennials Are Leaving Religion And Not Coming Back
Sparker: "A quick reflection on the conversation from the family meeting--one of the reasons we wanted to join Spark is because it’s one of the only churches we’ve been to that cares as much, if not more, about people’s whole beings in this life than their souls in the next life. The reason why this … Continue reading Choose Life
Sparker: "Don't know if you follow Diana Butler Bass on Twitter but she posted this thread on church history and politics yesterday I found thought provoking." by Diana Butler Bass | Twitter, November 15, 2019 Working on a piece of memoir and my attention wandered back to a moment in graduate school that was very … Continue reading It wasn’t a miracle. It was history.
Sparker: "If you haven't seen this yet, a read on some conclusions from the Bay Area wildfires. In particular some pieces relevant to the Climate Change sermons and justice." by Rachel Swan | San Francisco Chronicle, November 3, 2019 9. Low-income people were hit the hardest. Disaster has a built-in economic injustice. Affluent people tend to … Continue reading Bay Area’s wild week: What we learned from fires, outages and evacuations
Sparker: "Do you see Spark being part of the movement described below?" The Emerging Church by Richard Rohr | Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation, October 28, 2019. I do believe that what some refer to as the “emerging church” is a movement of the Holy Spirit. Movements are the energy-building stages of things, before they become … Continue reading Church: Old and New
Sparker: "I heard this fascinating podcast a few months ago that reminds me of your recent post!" Show notes: Imagine if evangelical Christians in the United States wanted to fight climate change with the same energy they fight abortion... Would U.S. environmental policies look different? Would the world's policies look different? Instead, in the U.S., … Continue reading What Would Jesus Drive?