#1: If we can still dream.

***This is the first of a series of posts based on a book I’m reading for a class called Connections in Religious and Ecological Education called Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation. The chapter is “Daring to Dream: Religion and the Future of the Earth” by Mary Evelyn Tucker, a founder of the Forum on Religion and Ecology.

When Jesus spoke, he didn’t come with facts, or figures.  Statistics were the last thing on his mind.  Rather, he told stories and reminded people of what their hearts valued but their lives were not evidencing.  Mary Tucker, discussing what will be necessary for the salvation of creation in our time, when a mass extinction is occuring that is equivalent to the infamous destruction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, makes a bold claim, and it is (I think) much the same type of claim Jesus would make… Just as Jesus didn’t explain himself but showed in parable and bold action how the love of God works, we must stop separating ourselves from the problem at hand, as though it is outside of ourselves.  We learn not through data but through values and emotion.  We must claim the problem as being ourselves and change our perspective entirely, and this transformation will only really come through feeling, by being so de-centered that we can’t help but rethink who we are.  Isn’t this the how the good news is possible?  When we, as a species together, can re-imagine the possibilities and stop trying to solve problems with the same tired solutions, then we’ll be moving somewhere new.  Tucker’s idea is that we need to re-imagine our very identity.  Who are we in this world, as a species?  Are we consumers, or are we stewards?  What role are we currently playing, and can it change?  This is the same challenge God put forward in Jesus.  “Will you be as I created you, or will you remain broken and defiant?  Are you willing to rethink what it means to be in the world, or do you want the world to stay as it is?  Can you imagine it differently?  What can you dream?”jesus-green-in-fog

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