Magazine No. 127 [ June 2014 ]
Several of the articles in this issue encourage a non-dualistic approach: encouraging us to think in terms of we rather than I, and in some cases the we includes the natural world.Preview Purchase Access
Inside this issue
Black Ants And Archaic Thinking by Jacquie Pryor
An Eco-Theological Awakening For Young People by Margaret Ghosn
A Lament In The Wake Of Typhoon Haiyan by Carol McDonough
The Year Without Prayer by Benjamin Myers
Sacred Junctions by Danny Kinane
Learning From Judaism: A Christian Journey by Teresa Pirola
Hugh Mackay’s ‘The Good Life: What Makes Life Worth Living?’ reviewed by Digby Hannah
Sarah Bachelard’s ‘Resurrection And Moral Imagination’ reviewed by Heather Thomson
Eremos Information and Membership
I am part of the world’s suffering.
I am part of the world’s healing. (Stephanie Dowrick)
The understanding of our interconnection with other people and the natural world expressed in Dowrick’s words above seems increasingly important if we are to live compassionately and redemptively in the world. It is all too easy to suffer from compassion fatigue or to lose hope of being able to change anything. Or to demonise, exploit, or generally treat the other as an object.
Several of the articles in this issue encourage a non-dualistic approach: encouraging us to think in terms of we rather than I, and in some cases the we includes the natural world. I certainly have a sense that this is the case when Carol McDonough asserts: ‘We are the Body of Christ’.
Jacquie Pryor’s ‘Black Ants and Archaic Thinking’ is a witty and thought-provoking look at the challenge of shedding an anthropocentric approach to insects. In ‘An Eco-theological Awakening for Young People’, Margaret Ghosn outlines a school unit that serves to counter the bad press Christianity has received for its part in exploiting the environment, as well as educating young people for behavioural change. Carol McDonough’s ‘A Lament in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan’ combines a moving, contemplative response to world traumas with an appeal for action, supported by a persuasive array of facts and figures.
With Benjamin Myers’ ‘The Year Without Prayer’ we move to a beautifully written and insightful reflection on an affliction we probably all suffer from time to time – the inability to pray. Danny Kinane shares a couple of religious experiences he has had to demonstrate the difference between a solitary experience that was just given and a group experience that was intentionally sought.
Our interfaith article for this issue is provided by Teresa Pirola, whose Christian journey has been enriched by rediscovering her roots in Judaism.
Both book reviews have a distinctly ethical flavour. Certainly Hugh Mackay’s The Good Life encourages an emphasis on the common good rather than a self-centred pursuit of happiness. However, Digby Hannah regretted its lack of philosophical and spiritual underpinning. Sarah Bachelard’s Resurrection and Moral Imagination, reviewed by Heather Thomson, seems to restore the balance between practice and philosophical reflection. (Sarah is to be the keynote speaker at our Annual Gathering.)
Finally, Ros Bradley provides an engaging profile of Philip Carter, retired priest and long-time Eremos member.