we’re in a big transition

Posted March 31st, 2016 in Blog, Featured Comments Off on we’re in a big transition

Dear Friends,

I know you are not hearing from us via this blog in a regular way these days, and that’s because we feel the need of something new. A blog is a great way to get a message out, but it doesn’t give way to community-building.

Over the past several years, we have focused mostly on news of the planet, reflective essays from time to time, and trying to effectively make the connection between ecology and spirituality; in other words, how our cultural stories, how we practice faith or religion, the frameworks of meaning that guide our lives, impact how we live here on this planet.

The news is pretty grim, yes? But when I am asked to show where the hope is, I keep coming back to the grassroots communities, projects, movements where new ways of life, of meaning, of acting are surfacing.

In April we will start work on a new website that will really hone in on the theme of “NEW” Creation – where it is happening, who’s doing it, where to look for it – because you won’t see it on TV, and certainly not amid the awful noise of this political year.

To make this real, we can use a bit more in the way of contributions. A suburban parish got us started with a small grant, and we want to build on that so that we can create a website flexible enough, interactive enough, that we can make a community space out of it where we and others share their stories of new creation. If you could help us out, that would be great. Just go to this link.

So, as we work on the website we won’t be posting as often here, but will check in from time to time to share important news of the planet and our project. Meanwhile, if you are on Facebook, check out the Center for New Creation page, “like” us there, and then invite others among your FB friends to do likewise.

I will be in Houston this weekend for a conference focused on these themes and the connections between ecological and social justice. I look forward to sharing that experience with you next week.

In this time of renewal, as life pops out of the ground all over the place and the tree buds fatten, turn off the TV and look around – you will be amazed at all the new creation going on all around us.

Margaret Swedish
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