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Archive for July, 2010

Evolutionary Epic

Today I returned from the conference on our energy transition, and this evening I added the book below to the Recommending Reading list on this blog.

There is much that I wish to write about, but it will have to wait until I’m settled in and caught up.

The Evolutionary Epic: Science’s Story and Humanity’s Response, edited by Cheryl Genet, Russell Genet, Brian Swimme, Linda Palmer and Linda Gibler

Our Energy Future ~ Where Lies Hope??

Photo by Seth Rockmuller

In a couple of days I’m leaving for a science and religion conference about our energy future.

From the conference description: “Energy and climate change are typically discussed in terms of their associated science, technology, economics and politics.  However, relatively little attention has been given to fundamental religious and ethical questions surrounding the upcoming transition to renewable energy.

“Culturally, we are entering a period of monumental transition as we encounter the inevitable shift from fossil to renewable fuels.  We are depleting fossil fuels while piling up nuclear wastes, yet solar and hydrogen power remain expensive or not significantly in place.  As for any technological transition of this magnitude, ultimate success will require good ethics and religion as well as good science and technology.  Unfortunately, religious pronouncements to date have been largely dismissed owing to their feeble consideration of accompanying scientific and technological realities.  Nevertheless, religious perspectives have the advantage of highlighting ultimate values, regardless of economic and political pressures.  The time has thus come to bring together scientists, engineers, ethicists and theologians to help effect a sustainable energy future.

“The conference will engage scientific, technological, economic and political issues associated with energy conservation and renewable energies in the context of global warming, sustainability and human purpose.  The emphasis will be on (1) ethical and religious perspectives that can be used to guide future energy choices and (2) energy choices which, in turn, might challenge ethical and religious perspectives.”

In thinking about these issues, I’ve decided to do a little research via this blog.

In light of what we know (or think we know) about climate change, peak oil, and our energy future, do you have hope?  If so, where does your hope lie? Is it in the healing powers of Earth? Your own efforts toward sustainability? What gives you hope? Development of new technologies? God? Evolution?

Photo by Seth Rockmuller

Please share. If you do not want your comments published here at this blog, just let me know.  I still want to read your thoughts and ideas. Thanks!

Marian Van Eyk McCain

This morning, before the granddaughters awaken, I am updating this blog a bit. On the “Gatherings and Services” page here, I added the meeting with author Marian Van Eyk McCain who, visiting this country from England in September, has graciously agreed to meet with people in this area. She wrote the book Elderwoman: Reap the Wisdom – Feel the Power – Embrace the Joy, and edited the newly released book GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness. She has also written on living simply.

Last year I met Marian at a women’s conference, after getting to know her virtually through Elderwomanspace, the social network she created. Marian’s blog is listed at the right.  I hope you’ll be able to attend this gathering with Marian at 2 PM on Sunday afternoon, September 12, upstairs in the Community Room at Real Food Market Co-op, 15 Church Street, Chatham, NY. (Please note: the Co-op is not open for business on Sundays.)

Contact me for more information.

To all lurkers and silent types

A blog I read this morning sparked the idea (thank you, Meadowsweet & Myrrh) to ask the many readers  and visitors of this blog to come out of hiding. I invite you to leave a comment, say hello — even if you’re just a lurker, even if you’ve never left a comment here before, why not share a little bit about yourself?

1) Tell me about yourself. Who are you?  What was it that drew you to this blog? What does its title, Sanctuary Without Walls, mean to you? Have you visited the sanctuarywithoutwalls.org site?

2) Tell someone else about this blog.  Send them a link to your favorite post, and let’s see what they say!

3.) Visit again, to see who has made an appearance here!

Beach Play

Earth, air, fire and water today. Watching the little fishies, the granddaughters, splashing, swimming, playing, immersing themselves in coolness and fun. Soaking it in – the sky with wind-blown clouds, the sandy shore, the strong summer sun, and precious water. We are made of cycling earth, air, fire, water, constantly renewed. No wonder beach play feels so good!

Buddha Babies

The granddaughters have arrived. The “baby” (age 2) went to bed, but her big sister (age 5) was too excited to sleep. She and I put together some puzzles (remember those Laurie puzzles? made of bright-colored crepe rubber?), then she had a snack. During her snack she told me that she had a Buddha at home. I asked if she knew who the Buddha was, and when she said “no,” I launched into the tale of the prince who left his riches, discovered human suffering, and sat under a tree until he “awakened,” and taught others the eightfold path. Only afterward did I stop and think, Wow, I just had a conversation with a five-year old about suffering and awakening.

It’s going to be an interesting visit with these amazing little girls.  (OK, so I sound like a doting grandma…..)

Fireworks!

With friends we went to the fireworks at our local fairgrounds. This is a photo taken by Sharon Lips.

Photo by Sharon Lips, 2010

On a stars and stripes theme, here is a 4th of July card my husband sent me:

Stars and Stripes Forever! Courtesy of World Wildlife Fund

The Grands!

Very soon my granddaughters will arrive with their mother for a visit. Most people will be celebrating Independence Day this weekend, while I will be preparing for a house full of Interdependence.

Grandparenting is indeed grand. To be able to share family traditions, form unique bonds, and experience the daily growth and boundless energy of little people is a profound reminder of the depth and wonder of this Third Age. I will be forced to take it slow for this visit because of my ankle injuries, so this visit may be less boisterous than usual.

This visit also may mean that I will not be able to find blogging time for a while. But who knows, I may be surprised.