#COP26 03: A Tale of Two Solutions

Friends, the last couple days have been full. We got to visit the Green Zone, the part of the conference open to the public. Full of trade-show type displays, presentations, activities, and educational experiences, the Green Zone is both fun, and informative. The booths feature innovations, art, and interactive learning that help us understand islandsContinue reading “#COP26 03: A Tale of Two Solutions”

#COP26 02: A Tale of Two Truths

I confess that the mass of people marching for climate justice inspires me deeply. And, as a person who hates crowds, makes me want to run far, far away. This is the great paradox of my psyche. It’s not the only one that exists in this work. The Christian Climate Observers Program (CCOP)—the group thatContinue reading “#COP26 02: A Tale of Two Truths”

#COP26 01: A Tale Of Two Climates

The signs are around Edinburgh, and the buzz from Glasgow continues. There’s of course plenty to watch at the UN Climate YouTube channel. Two of the shortest are worth watching for both inspiration and education. The first, of course, is anything with David Attenborough. This one on forests is on valuing the services that forestsContinue reading “#COP26 01: A Tale Of Two Climates”

How to Stop Freaking Out and Tackle Climate Change

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 toContinue reading “How to Stop Freaking Out and Tackle Climate Change”

Millennials Are Leaving Religion And Not Coming Back

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 inContinue reading “Millennials Are Leaving Religion And Not Coming Back”

It wasn’t a miracle. It was history.

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 veryContinue reading “It wasn’t a miracle. It was history.”

Bay Area’s wild week: What we learned from fires, outages and evacuations

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 toContinue reading “Bay Area’s wild week: What we learned from fires, outages and evacuations”

Church: Old and New

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 becomeContinue reading “Church: Old and New”

What Would Jesus Drive?

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?”