God is bread when you’re hungry, water when you’re thirsty, a harbor from the storm. God’s father to the fatherless, a mother to the motherless. God’s my sister, my brother, my leader, my guide, my teacher, my comforter, my friend. God’s the way-maker and burden-bearer, a heart-fixer and a mind-regulator. God’s my doctor who never lost a patient, my lawyer who never lost a case, my captain who never lost a battle. God’s my all in all, my everything.
God’s my rock, my sword, my shield, my lily of the valley, my pearl of great price. God’s a god of peace and a god of war. Counselor, Emmanuel, Redeemer, Savior, Prince of Peace, Son of God, Mary’s little baby, wonderful Word of God.
Thea Bowman (1937–1990) was a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration born in Mississippi.
They were called little Christ’s for following the teachings of Jesus. They were following The Way. This would be a good time to acknowledge that they were not political. They followed the teaching of Jesus. Jesus was not about politics. He was about caring for the sick. Caring for the widow, caring for the other. This list goes on and on. His agenda was not political. It was anti-politics, anti othering, and anti-hate.
When an unarmed black man or woman is shot and killed on camera, they instantly make excuses on behalf of authorities. That can look like trotting out an old mugshot to prove that person’s terrible character, or simply pointing out that they got themselves killed by not being obedient enough. But when asked to stay home, patriots have no problem grabbing their guns and defying orders. The mixture of Christianity and Americanism is a troubling tincture, enabling people to cite Romans 13 to get others to obey authority while they stock up weapons to fight off a potentially tyrannical government. Any religion that demands that others take up their cross while we take up our sword is not Christianity.
I was born on July 17, 1955. At the time, the carbon dioxide levels on this planet were 310 to 320 parts per million. Now, we’re over 400 parts per million, higher than at any point in at least the past eight hundred thousand years.
1-That’s over a 20 percent increase in my lifetime. Such geo-atmospheric cycles usually take thousands or even millions of years to occur, and we’re seeing it within my sixty-plus years of life. In terms of geologic cycles, this is sudden; nearly instantaneous. Scientists are sounding the alarms while denialists have their heads in the sand. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. The science has clearly established that mycelium networks act as the most significant biological storage sink for carbon— far more than what is stored in above-ground flora and trees.
2-But we need both, and old-growth forests are the best above ground storage of carbon anywhere in the world. It used to be that the metric we used to measure the value of an old-growth forest was the economic value of the lumber. But that metric is quickly being offset with the advances in science. We’re going down a slippery slope. As we deforest the planet and cut down old-growth forests, we accelerate carbon loss, temperature rise, and ecosphere devastation. Biodiversity plummets. Humans experience poverty, disease, and unsustainability. This has all been well demonstrated.
3-Intact forest ecosystems, by comparison, provide more ecological services than just board feet of lumber. They clean the water, provide shade, and give communities plants, insects, and animals. Protecting our forests is essential not only for our survival now, but also for the survival of generations to come.
Stamets, Paul. Fantastic Fungi: Expanding Consciousness, Alternative Healing, Environmental Impact // Official Book of Smash Hit Documentary (Kindle Locations 282-297). Earth Aware Editions. Kindle Edition.