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A mentor once observed that it’s not who is right or wrong, but what is real which is important. ¬†Honest discussion is essential. ¬†‚ÄúTribalism‚ÄĚ or what the Founders (authors of US Constitution) termed factionalism, is the problem. ¬†And Newt Gingrich, the main factionalist of the day, actually declared war on dialog, across party lines. ¬†War kills. ¬†So we talk past each other, wounding and violating our community, signifying nothing with our warfare.

But your eyeballs don’t lie. ¬† So have a look at this satellite animation compiled by NASA and NOAA, and watch 25 years of polar ice disappear in one minute.¬†¬†¬† ¬†NOT COOL! ¬†Not a hoax. ¬†Not fake.¬†

And this brings us to a compelling speaker who is a professor of climate science with an amazing resum√©. But get this: ¬†she’s also an evangelical Christian! ¬† She wants us to talk about the problem¬†of climate change, even tho’ our tribalisms have gotten in the way so often in the past. ¬†Don’t miss it! We might learn a few things from each other.

 

Book Review

A project of breathtaking beauty and insight.

What an amazing project this American journalist who is a practicing Jew has hatched and nurtured! ¬†He moved from Brooklyn to Israel in 1982, became an Israeli citizen, and sought dialog with open-minded, devout believers from the three Abrahamic faiths (Jewish, Muslim, Christian) for fellowship, and learning ‚ÄĒ even risking visits to a Sufi sheik’s mosque in Gaza. ¬†

The book was originally released in New York on September 11, 2001, and immediately vanished in the chaos of that day. ¬†Harper Perennial has re-introduced it this year. ¬†Krista Tippet, host of public radio’s weekly,¬†On Being,¬†calls it “One of the most important spiritual memoirs of our time.” ¬†Not to be missed!

The author’s journalistic skill, observational power, and clarity of language make this telling into an ineffable blessing for his readers. ¬†The beauty of his honest engagement with his chosen candidates brought tears to my eyes several times. ¬†Anyone interested in faith, peace, humanity, will find hope in this moving work. ¬†(Thanks to the Divine Librarian for placing this volume into my hands!)