Monday, June 8, 2015

6/2015 Creation Corner Column: An Aggregation of...

June 2015 Creation Corner Column: An aggregation of appeals, a quotation, conferences, anniversary, exhibit, PBS P.O.V. documentary, notable distinction book, web sites, groups, people you may want to know about, new words and concepts.


Answer the Call to Care for Creation at 

Sacred Land Film Project at and films available at PA-based Bullfrog Films at 1-800-543-3764.


 "The effective struggle against global warming will only be possible with a responsible collective answer, that goes beyond particular interests and behavior and is developed free of political and economic  pressures...On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethic imperative to act..."  Pope Francis, January 18, 2015 


 Earth-Honoring Faith: Native Wisdom in Dialogue.  June 22-28, 2015. Promoting justice-centered, earth-honoring, interfaith efforts on common earth issues.

Wild Goose Festival. July 9-12, 2015, Hot Springs, NC.  Theme: Blessed are the Peacemakers. Spirit, Justice, Music, Arts.


 30 Years:  Earth Island Institute.  See the listing of their 63 projects at 


 7 Days of Garbage, photography slideshow of Gregg Segal's work at ; also see

Documentary Film on PBS P.O.V. series, June 29, 2015 

 The Overnighters, by Jesse Moss.  Summary: Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming.  But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage.  Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay despite the congregations' objections and neighbors' fears.  When opposition to the "overnighters" reaches a boiling point, Pastor Jay makes a decision with shattering consequences.  A modern-day Grapes of WrathThe Overnighters tells an electrifying story about the promise of redemption and the limits of compassion.  Winner, Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking: Documentary, 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

 Notable Distinction:

2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner for General Nonfiction: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert (author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe).

Web Sites: 

Appalachian Community Health Emergency, the ACHE Act: 

Catholic Committee of Appalachia is an Oregon-based effort for earth-healing quarterly published by the Bruderhof community for an Earth Day 2015 special


Appalachia---Science in the Public Interest 

Flood Wall Street

Religions for the Earth

United Planet Faith and Science Initiative (UPFSI)

People You May Want to Know More About:

 Sally Bingham

Tim DeChristopher

Chris Hedges

John Murdock  

Michael Pollan

Joel Salatin

Ron Sider

Sandra Steingraber  

New Words and Concepts:

 a. eco-Reformation:  effort to make earth stewardship part of the 2017 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

b. Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI)

c. oikophilia:  the love of home

d. topophilia:  a love of place (aka homesickness?)

e. The "Precautionary Principle" is premised on this, that if "an activity raises threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically." 

Biographical detail:  Mike Ochs graduated from Gettysburg College 50 years ago this month.