Permaculture Principles: Catch and store energy

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In this series I am working through the twelve permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability.Remember that the first principle is “observe and interact” which as we said last time runs counter to our fast-paced culture and tendency to favor doing over being.┬áHere’s the second design principle […]















Uncovering the Cultural Barriers to Sustainability

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Sometimes our everyday assumptions and practices that go unquestioned are the ones that are keeping us from real sustainability. I appreciated the example of how air-conditioning has influenced the way we build houses and think about dealing with heat and weather. My dad made a practice of turning over the rocks of American everyday habits […]















Jubilee is Salvation (Leviticus 25:9-10)

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The second thing I noticed (Read What Shall We Eat? for the first) in re-reading Leviticus 25 is that the Jubilee is explicitly connected to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. This is the pinnacle of the sacrificial system to which Jesus’ death and resurrection has often been […]















What Shall We Eat? (Lev 25:6-7, 20-22)

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In reading the Jubilee once again and Walter Brueggeman’s commentary on it from Finally Comes The Poet , I was struck by two particular aspects of this passage that I had missed previously. The first relates to a question that I think many people think of, if not ask explicitly, when thinking about the practice […]















Your Garden Matters

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One of the last books I read while living in Bolivia was Beyond Organics: Gardening for the Future by Helen Cushing, which is available for FREE from the Soil and Health Library online. As should be expected of books on the cutting edge of agriculture, organics and gardening the author is Australian. While many of […]















Coveting, Control and Captivity (Leviticus 25)

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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 […]















Toward A Living Economy: From Here To There

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In this series I have been considering the idea of a living economy in an article by David Korten. He points to three rules or principles from nature that would shape such an economy: 1) Cooperative Self-Organization, 2) Self-Reliant Local Adaptation and 3) Managed Boundaries. In this last post I want to explore some ideas […]















Toward A Living Economy: Managed Boundaries

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This is a continuation of a series exploring some ideas about what a living economy based on the rules of nature might look like. David Korten points to three rules or principles from nature that would shape such an economy: 1) Cooperative Self-Organization, 2) Self-Reliant Local Adaptation and 3) Managed Boundaries. This post will consider […]















Toward A Living Economy: Self-Reliant Local Adaptation

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I am exploring the tension between the conservation of natural systems and the need for development to improve the lives of people in poverty. Out of this tension arises the need to transition from our current model which pits these two against each other to another economic system that is not in contradiction to these […]















Toward a Living Economy: Cooperative Self-Organization

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In the previous post I explored the inherent contradiction between the desire to protect and conserve the environment and the need for development within the current economic system based on a growth economy examining the current political situation in Bolivia as a microcosm of this tension on a macro level. At the end of that […]