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Shmita (Sabbath of the Land) Speaker Series [10 Feb. and 14 Mar.]

This 2 Feb. 2021 announcement from Earth Ministry: “Earth Ministry/WAIPL is joining with Congregation Beth Shalom and the Shmita Project Northwest to host a distinguished speaker series in the months leading up to the Shmita Year 5782, which begins later this fall with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.“In the Jewish tradition, the Shmita Year … Continue reading Shmita (Sabbath of the Land) Speaker Series [10 Feb. and 14 Mar.]

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Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest, 27-31 Jan. 2021

Details: The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest is a community-wide collaborative event to make climate change a central moral issue of the Jewish community. For details of the festival, please go to https://www.jewishclimatefest.org/about Why? A REMINDER OF WHY WE’RE HERE:This Festival is just that — a Festival.The Temple Festivals in our tradition all mark transitions … Continue reading Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest, 27-31 Jan. 2021

Three Seconds of Human Existence

Posted below is the link for the 2016 Film4Climate Global-Video-Competition Winner, a competition sponsored by Connect4Climate. Spencer Sharpe’s short film “Three seconds” is humbling: it distinguishes smarts from wisdom, self from interconnection, and extinction from living. In 4 minutes and 23 seconds, “Three Seconds” condenses the impact of 140,000 years of human existence on Earth. … Continue reading Three Seconds of Human Existence

God created abundance and variety of life . . . and called it good.

“11Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation’ . . . And it was so. . . .  20And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky. . . . 21 And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them … Continue reading God created abundance and variety of life . . . and called it good.

The pond, God’s wisdom, and life

I sit beside a pond in Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, where I’m surrounded by life and color. I feel blessed to be in this quiet place—to reflect, pray, write my thoughts, and give thanks. The pond milieu went silent when I arrived. The residents disappeared until they became used to this new creature arrived … Continue reading The pond, God’s wisdom, and life

Dear God, thank you for your nature.

Early this morning, before the neighborhood had awakened, I listened and watched, and I heard and saw your current of natural life. There was not yet a hum of traffic created by a stream of cars traveling to the Bainbridge Island ferry, nor was there yet a buzz overhead as red-eye flights arrived into Seattle … Continue reading Dear God, thank you for your nature.

The Earth is a fine place and worth the fighting for . . .

During this morning’s writing, I downloaded the NASA photograph of Earth that’s titled the “blue marble, after which I went outside to watch the sun rise. I reveled in seeing the clear, blue sky, the evergreens standing tall—as they have for decades, the placid waters of Port Orchard Bay, the robins hopping about and seeking … Continue reading The Earth is a fine place and worth the fighting for . . .