I Pledge Allegiance: Krost Chapel Sermon

Krost-symposium-2014-environmental-justice-poster

Here is the sermon I gave in chapel for the Krost Symposium on Environmental Justice.















The Global Land Rush

IMG_5366

What is new now is the scramble to secure land abroad for more basic food and feed crops—including wheat, rice, corn, and soybeans—and for biofuels. These land acquisitions of the last several years, or “land grabs” as they are sometimes called, represent a new stage in the emerging geopolitics of food scarcity. They are occurring […]















Wading Into the Pond

IMG_5366

The previous post discussed an ethical dilemma presented by Peter Singer concerning the choice between saving some fancy shoes or a drowning child in a shallow pond. The conclusion was that charity is the best we can do within the given social structures, but that justice requires counter-cultural living. The way of following Jesus is […]















Coveting, Control and Captivity (Leviticus 25)

IMG_5366

You can search this site for “jubilee”, “leviticus 25″ and “sabbath” to read more about the connections I make between Sabbath practices, ecology, economics, Jesus and Isaiah. To find something fresh to say about this central passage in the biblical narrative I turn to one of my favorite scholars. The text of Leviticus 25 asserts […]















The Peace of Wild Things

IMG_5366

This is a well known poem of Wendell Berry’s. I have wanted to avoid some of his more well known works, but they are still so full of meaning and poignance for me that I cannot ignore them. This one is short. So, I will quote the whole thing. When despair for the world grows […]















Sex and the Land (Leviticus 18 and 20)

IMG_5366

Leviticus 18:24-28 Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sins, and the land vomited out its inhabitants… And if you defile the land, it will vomit […]















Isn’t It Ironic…Don’t You Think?

IMG_5366

Unlike the Alanis Morisette hit, “Ironic”, which was in fact not at all ironic, I have come across some ironies in my work that strike me as worth mentioning and perhaps exploring more in depth. The world we live in seems full of these strange paradoxes, but they come in to stark relief in development […]















The Original Sin of Church and State

IMG_5366

I’ve been interested in First People, Native American, indigenous issues ever since I spent two weeks on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. I was working at a Lutheran camp based near Ft. Collins, CO and worked with High School youth groups on week-long service trips. We were invited by the local Arapahoe chief […]















Small Is Beautiful: Urban vs. Rural

IMG_5366

I read an article from the Guardian that asked “Which is greener urban or rural living?” Treehugger also picked up the conversation, and the consensus seemed to be that urban life was clearly greener. In the city you often don’t need a car. You live in smaller housing units in tall buildings that take up […]















Collapse: When Will It End and How?

IMG_5366

I recently listened to the audiobook version of Jarrod Diamond’s book Collapse. I’ve spent some time thinking and writing about societies collapsing, but this was the first time I read something that systematically and academically addressed the question of why societies succeed or fail. While Diamond’s thesis about why societies succeed or fail has met […]