The Ten Commandments of Ecological Spirituality (New)
By Eugene C. Bianchi
What is the relationship between an increasingly endangered planet and religious institutions and movements? How are religions challenged to re-interpret their myths, rituals and practices by growing ecological crises? Can ecologically reformed religious traditions make a significant contribution to social survival, not just human survival? These interrelated questions shape the framework of my remarks today as the world around us faces ever more massive environmental problems. Scientists are in general agreement about global warming; expanding populations strain and deplete finite resources; air, land and water are polluted by chemicals and radio-active waste; consumerist market systems plunge ahead heedless of long term consequences to biotic systems. Scientific study, governmental policies and public education are crucial elements for addressing these problems. But the environmental challenge today is so great that it calls for a revised human consciousness of what it means to be a creature of earth. This demands a new spiritual understanding and experience of bonding with nature. It is what the socio-biologist, E.O. Wilson terms "biophilia", an attitude of profound respect for and attachment to our natural surroundings. I would like to approach this topic by presenting ten propositions or "commandments" that I have derived from a broad sweep of contemporary literature in the area of what we might call ecological spirituality. Spirituality, a wider concept than religion, embraces ideologies, attitudes and actions that motivate humans in their quest for deeper meaning and experience about life.
Sustainability & Spirituality: Common Threads (New)
By Felicia I. Chavez
This paper is a brief summary of “common threads” observed between two areas of study: sustainability and spirituality. “Sustainability” in this context is taken to mean ecological as well as social equity, setting humanity in the context of the web of life, rather than apart from it. “Spirituality” is used in an almost grossly generalized way. Here I am referring to what is sometimes called “new age” spirituality, as well as a large sample of the traditions Ihave been exposed to from books, talks, and attendance at various spiritual centers. These span Buddhist teachings, Sufism, Siddha yoga and other schools originating from India, and a Western esoteric meditation school. Similarities across a wide variety of traditions are also gleaned from the writings and teachings of Eckhart Tolle. Mainstream Judeo Christian institutions have perhaps less in common with the seven “common threads” outlined below, but those educated in these schools of belief and thought would find notable exceptions.
Sustainability and Spirituality (New)
by James Smith
Discovering pathways to a sustainable future is now a major challenge. If pathways to such a future are not found then human prospects are bleak. It is clear that our present pathway is rapidly taking us towards disaster. Examination of any textbook on global trends quickly confirms this view. Global Environmental Outlook produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) sets out an array of staggering and rather depressing trends.
Sustainability and Spirituality: A Transdisciplinary Perspective
This paper addresses some issues that describe the experience of a transdisciplinary process and the place of spirituality within the aim of sustainability at the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico. Spirituality as a dimension of human beings and natural systems, sustainability through the con- sciousness of a general ecology and transdisciplinary as a transformative experience that allows the inclu- sion of spiritual dimension in our aim for creating sustainable futures. Our dialogue with the popular traditions and cosmology of ancient Mesoamerican Philosophy is a core in the relationship between spir- ituality and transdisciplinary.
Spirituality and Business:
From a Profit Maximizing Model to a Social Economic DNA
Due to globalization several parts of the world are influencing each other, thus leading to the incorporation of Eastern and Western thoughts in the architecture of business.
Save the Earth Without Killing Yourself
The Global Gandhi
According to Gandhi, inner transformation is the key to social change. Can it be applied to the climate crisis?
A Foundation for Ecological Justice
Towards Rio + 20 and Beyond: A Turning Point in Earth Earth History
Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values
Why People Avoid Spirituality?
Jean-Paul Close's Blog
Spirituality and Sustainability: Who Cares?
Sufism, Spirituality and Sustainability
Rethinking Islamic Mysticism through Contemporary Sociology
Spirituality and Sustainability
In order for humankind to create a sustainable lifestyle on this planet, it must find for itself a spirituality to underpin it. Without an oppropriate spirituality, even the idea of sustainability is unsustainable.
Invoking the Spirit
Religion and Spirituality in the Quest for a Sustainable World
Sustainability and Spirituality
Reclaiming the Gift Culture
Compiled and edited by: Manish Jain and Shilpa Jain (Manish Jain is an associate of the Centre - See here.)
"We are honored to bring forth a booklet exploring the gift culture in our lives. In these challenging times of dominating multinational corporations, collapsing neo-liberal economies, and the commodification of everything, it seems vital to explore a different form of relationship and exchange. ‘Gifting’, and the larger culture it draws from, provides a welcome oasis of hope from the hackneyed debates around capitalism vs. communism and the paralysis of TINA (There Is No Alternative). We put this intercultural dialogue together to try to share some of the important concepts, beliefs, practices and dreams around reclaiming the gift culture in our different spaces and places. This is perhaps our most critical and important booklet to-date. We have come to understand that the ideas and practices of deep learning, self-organizing learning communities and vibrant learning ecosystems are predicated on a culture of generosity, care, trust and mutuality. The gift culture is critical to decommodifying our collective intelligence and underlying diverse human learning processes; that is, removing it from the realm of monoculture and artificial scarcity, monopolized packaging and distribution, and institutionalized hierarchy and exploitation. It is heart-wrenching to witness that learning processes that are essential to being human like play, laughter, Nature, storytelling, care, etc. are being commercialized and as a result, becoming accessible only to a small elite. The gift culture inspires us to see our learning resources and relationships as part of the larger commons that is accessible to all and nurtured by all."
Sustainability and Happiness
A Development Philosophy for Bhutan and the World
Gratitude, Connectedness, and Awe
The Spiritual Side of Sustainability
On Participating in the Design of a Sustainable World
As if People, the Earth and the Spirit Really Mattered
Valuing Spirituality in Development
Initial Considerations Regarding the Creation of Spiritually Based Indicators for Development
Spirituality and Business
From a Profit Maximizing Model to a Social Economic DNA
Nature Conservation + Spirituality = Sustainability
Some critics of environmental movements contend that if some living species do get annihilated due to our activities still we are part of nature. They also contend that our technological march is an evolutionary process, which automatically allows reduction of biodiversity. Their argument may carry weightage if our technological progress is environmentally sustainable but at present we do not understand all the natural forces surrounding us and hence we are not working in tune with them.
Using Technology to Connect Students Internationally and Inter-Religiously:In the fall of 2010, an interdisciplinary, honors seminar at Ashland University connected Middle Eastern, North African, U.S. American and European undergraduates for weekly, group discussions online. The groups included Christians, Muslims, agnostics and atheists. The U.S. American students met weekly to process and analyze these discussions. Using this course as a springboard, this paper examines issues of cross-cultural and inter-religious communication that arose during the course; the impact of the final media project on the students and on their understanding of how the media influences thoughts, stereotypes and behaviors; and the advantages and surprising dangers of connecting students internationally and inter-religiously with technology. The final product of the course, a video news story developed from Al Jazeera footage by the students, generated passionate, revealing, and astounding outcomes.
Dealing with Our Own Sewage
Spirituality and Ethics in the Sustainability Agenda
Spirituality and Sustainability
(The material below represents the abridged introductory remarks made by Dr. Gerson to The General Assembly of the United Nations, April 10, 1998 during the Seventh International WE Conference (Women and the Environment). This was the introduction to his main presentation: The Impact of Environmental Degradation On Women In India.)
Spirituality as the Fourth Bottom Line
Invariably, at the end of a lecture on paradigm change, new visions or community capacity, there is always some one in the audience who asks: but what is the bottom line?