Athabasca River Pilgrimage

A 2 week Pilgrimage along the River from the Columbia Icefields to the Heart of the Oil Sands

Tar-Sands-mine-300x225Maureen Wild, a long time colleague in the Work That Reconnects, is currently on a pilgrimage with Sister of Mercy, Mary Pendergast (from RI and Director of Mercy Ecology Ministries).  They are following the Athabasca River from its source in the Columbia Icefield and where it takes form in Jasper National Park, to where it flows through and is used by the bitumen extractive oil companies in northeastern Alberta (north of Fort McMurray).  They are also visiting Cree-Chipewyan elders and families in Fort McKay – a community of over 700 indigenous people who live near the Athabasca River and are surrounded by the industry on all sides.  To follow their posts:  www.riverpilgrims.net.

“My heart is moved by all I cannot save, so much has been destroyed. I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.”  – Adrienne Rich


Let’s Institutionalize Virtues

by Molly Young Brown (co-author of Coming Back to Life)


Molly-Young-BrownOur U.S. medical system is based on the idea of individual responsibility for our health, part of a common perception that sees each person as separate and almost entirely self-determined.  This is an illusion, because the larger fields in which we live—social, economic, and environmental—affect us all. Any of us may be sickened by pollution or injured in an accident or disaster beyond our control.  Yet we each have to pay for our own health care (and our children’s), as if sickness was solely our individual responsibility.  Although many previously uninsured citizens now have health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies are still raking in the profits, at taxpayer expense. Read More


Our Spiritual Return to Nature with Joanna Macy

Soulstream-600x200Rev. Kristin Powell of Soulstream interviews Joanna Macy. In this interview, Joanna speaks heart-to-heart about this era of The Great Turning. With humor she implores us to act our age and stand on the authority of our 15 billion years. She guides us through the four stages of the spiritual activist’s journey, including opening to gratitude and owning our pain, as we turn the tide and choose Life—together. Follow this link http://www.unity.fm/episode/Soulstream_022515 to listen.


Faith and Spiritual Leaders Urged to Sign “Call to Action” to Build Psychosocial Resilience for Climate Change. Sign by 3/13/15.

ITRClogoThe International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) believes it is essential to make it a national and international priority to build widespread levels of psychosocial resilience for climate change.

To do so, the ITRC is seeking the endorsement on the “Call to Action for U.S. and World Leaders to Proactively Address the Adverse Psychological and Social Impacts of Climate Disruption” from faith and spiritual leaders. We ask you to consider signing the “Call to Action.” Read More