Tag results for: Philosophy and faith


Projects

Prototype to incarnate the vision of Pope Francis’s “integral ecology” at the Maryknoll Monrovia campus.

A hub of service and Earth-centered learning for faith (and no faith) communities of every stripe.

Bringing LA’s communities together to focus on issues raised by Pope Francis.

Blog Posts

Garden Mysteries

Rilke speaks of the gardener’s participation in the Universe's Mysteries this way: “In spite of all the farmer’s work and worry, he can’t reach down to where the seed is slowly transmuted into summer. The earth bestows.”

Christmas Greetings from Tokyo, 2020

All throughout, trees outside my window stood firm and accompanied me by extending and waving their branches and invited me to listen to the circular rhythm of life. “Stay put where you are planted,” the trees reminded me.

Can There Be a Pando Theology?

In this fascinating discussion, two Pando thought leaders, John B. Cobb, Jr. and Ed Bacon, sat down together over Zoom to talk about Pando Theology and what it means.

Letter from Tokyo

In this post Sr. Teruko Ito, MM offers a brief reflection on the coronavirus, Mother Earth, and what the blooming cherry blossoms might be able to teach us.

Philosophy at Large in the Ecosphere

Every so often a culture undergoes a radical re-assessment of its primary operating assumptions. It happens rarely and slowly, because such re-imaginings are considered highly dangerous and disruptive. At their most disruptive they can alter reality, which, according to Bill Vitek, is precisely what ecospherism has done.

A Unique Historical Opportunity

In this far-ranging and inspirational speech for a meeting of women religious in Monrovia, CA, John Cobb discusses major influences that have shaped our current situation and the alternative vision of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’. He concludes with ways that Pando at Maryknoll might incarnate integral ecology.

A Turning Point

In this biographical reflection John Cobb responds the following: “At what point in your life did you decide ‘enough is enough’ and put it all on the line? What was it that caused or inspired you to make the change? How did you respond?”

Finding Oneness Among the Ones

I had long known that the ideology of the individualistic separate self was a delusion and in fact societal suicide, but in Pando we have a living organism to show us our alternative to a separateness which is not sustainable.

Storytelling for an Ecological Civilization

As storytellers who hold the power of global media dissemination, we have an opportunity to contribute to and change the conversation around a host of issues, including immigration, the environment, gender and racial justice, and so many others.

Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home

Pope Francis’ bold clarion call in Laudato Si’ is passionate but also thoughtful and undogmatic in exemplary ways. Even while summonsing the best conclusions and consensus of the scientific community, there is a tone of humility and a recognition that knowledge is always partial and emergent.

REVIEW: John Cobb’s “Jesus’ Abba”

“Abba” is an Aramaic term for something like a dear father or daddy. It’s baby talk. It’s as if Jesus recognized that the way a parent offers herself in service is warp and woof in the very fabric of the universe. 

What Keeps Us Trying?

My guess is that if you were not keeping on, at least to some degree, you would not be reading this piece. Perhaps we are all fools, but let’s think about it.

Interview with Mark Dibbens

Mark Dibbens is a professor of management at the University of Tasmania in Australia, where he focuses on the Philosophy of Management—a field with compelling relevance to ecological studies and environmentalism. Pando Blog editor Kevin Madden spoke with Mark over Skype in August.

Nationalism and Economism

I proposed that we view Western history, after the fall of Rome, in terms of three periods distinguished by the deepest level of loyalties and the ways people understood themselves: Christianism, nationalism, and economism. Perhaps economism might now give way to "Earthism." Let's work for that.

Eco Civilization in China

Residents and visitors breathe dark, smoggy air in the cities, and partly because the problems are so serious, China is committed to work for “ecological civilization.”

The Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead

For me and my fellow Whiteheadians, the need to keep this kind of thinking alive was intensified by the global environmental crisis. The victory of value-free research disciplines has rendered universities more part of the problem than part of the solution.

Martin Luther King’s Big Ideas

There is danger that King’s assassination will achieve its goals more fully than the crucifixion of Jesus attained its goals. This is because the image of King has been defanged even more successfully than that of Jesus.

A Success Story from China

Instead of modernizing, China should go directly to what we call constructive postmodernism, based on the philosophy of organism, rather than the modernist philosophy of mechanism.

Nordhaus on the Pope and Markets

Nordhaus operates out of economic thinking that is strongly individualistic in its assumptions. He does not seem to understand the difference between taking the market as the instrument of solving our problems and putting forward different goals altogether.

Prayers for Creation

The tree and I are looking at one another closely. The tree does not move. It simply remains here with me. The tree is wiser than I am, more of a survivor.

Pando Populus’ Mission

The distinction of Pando Populus lies in our commitment to a worldview that displays the profound interconnectedness and mutual dependence of all the entities that make up our world.

Seeing and What Is Seen

My argument is that thinking that leaves subjects out of the picture not only ignores the fundamental reality, but also does practical damage.

My Own Nano-World

Our knowledge of the microscopic world has exploded. For machines, without human programming, to “communicate” and “sense” does indeed sound “almost magical.”