Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion

March 16, 2015 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Genesis Farm founder, Sister Miriam MacGillis: “We need to realize that we are the universe in the form of the human.” Photo by Stephen O'Byrne / YES!

Genesis Farm founder, Sister Miriam MacGillis. Photo by Stephen O’Byrne / YES!

Taking the long view fundamentally transforms the basis for environmental action, says MacGillis: “We need to realize that we are the universe in the form of the human. We are not just on Earth to do good ecological things. That is where the religious perspective takes us with the stewardship model—take care of it; it’s holy because God made it. That hasn’t worked real well … The idea of stewardship is too small, it’s too human-centered…”

Genesis Farm has propagated these ideas through its Earth Literacy training, which has now spread to many places throughout the world. Their work is a small part of a larger greening of religion, says Yale religious scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-creator with Brian Swimme of Journey of the Universe, an exhilarating trek through time and space portraying an evolutionary universe.

Tucker expects that the upcoming encyclical on climate change and the environment that Pope Francis will issue in early 2015 will be “a game changer” for Catholics.

“All civilizations have drawn on the wisdom traditions that have gotten people through death, tragedy, destruction, immense despair,” says Tucker, adding that we are currently in a perilous rite of passage. “We will need all of the world’s religions to help as well as a shared sense of an evolutionary story to get us through this.”

Read Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion by Richard Schiffman at Yes! Magazine.

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Entry filed under: Biodiversity, Community, Heart/Soul.

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