Vol. IX No.12
ALL SAINTS EDITION
GLOBAL AND ECUMENICAL IN SCOPE
CANADIAN IN PERSPECTIVE
Wayne A. Holst, Editor
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"Quicklinks" are included with many items
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of this issue.
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down to find your special selection
in the body of the blog.
I'm pleased to welcome you to
Colleagues List this week.
though All Saints Day has passed,
I would still like to
meaning again this year.
It is truly an
international, inter-faith phenomenon.
Special Item - this week is my notice of a new book
co-authored by Matthew
Fox and a young friend which
to build bridges between the generations and
It is entitled - "Occupy Spirituality -
A Radical Vision
for a New Generation"
Colleague Contributions - this week are from
Rolheiser who writes on the single life
and Jim Taylor
who writes about culture
clashes and women's rights
in today's world.
Net Notes, as usual, offer many perspectives:
"Why Study Theology?" - a humanist writer
that "the old queen of the sciences"
should be studied
more broadly today
"Facing Up To Torture" - a serious look at
and ways to look at it, especially when
the West (America Magazine)
"Stunning All Saints Pix" - here indeed is a
story of a significant global event
(The Guardian, UK)
"World Council Meets in Korea" - the
of the WCC meets in a
nation that had few Christians
that international body first began, more
years ago (Anglican Journal) http://tinyurl.com/lq46xay
"Welby and Others Address Council" -
of Canterbury and many
other world church leaders
presentations this week (Anglican Journal)
"3000+ Leave Religious Life Annually" -
are many new Catholic vocations,
globally, each year,
there are also many
"Global Terrorism at an All-Time High" -
suggests how global warfare
is changing as a result
"Canada, US Going in Opposite Directions" -
Harper and Obama governments seem
to moving at
cross-purposes on ecological
issues these days
(Inside Climate News ) http://tinyurl.com/m4rmh35
"Germany Now Allows "Indeterminate" Gender"
here is a key notice that gender developments
modern societies are influencing the way people
in the future, going to be registered at birth.
(BBC News) http://tinyurl.com/kpahaf3
Wisdom of the Week:
Thomas Aquinas, Robert M. Persig,
Martin Luther King Jr. andnElise Boulding
provide insights courtesy of Sojourners Online
On This Day:
Indira Gandhi Assassinated
US Stock Market Collapses
US Explodes First Hydrogen Bomb
courtesy of the Bruderhof website.
Winter has begun in earnest here in Calgary.
The yard work has been completed at our
a good thing to know.
Book Notice -
A Radical Vision for a New Generation
by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox
North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA
Random House Canada, paperback.
250 pages. $20.95 CAD Kindle.$9.99.
The Occupy Wall Street movement and protest
movements around the world are evidence of a
new era of intergenerational activists seeking
deeper spiritual meaning in their quest for peace
This book is a call to action for a new
Authors Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox encourage
us to use
our talents in service of compassion and
and to move beyond our broken systems--
political, educational, and religious--
spirituality that not only helps us to
get along, but
also encourages us to re-evaluate
transforming them and in the process
more sacred and just world.
the words of young activist leaders
interviews and surveys, the book
provides a framework
that is deliberately interfaith
and speaks to our profound
yearning for a life with
spiritual purpose and for a better
Each chapter is construed as a dialogue between
Fox, a 71-year-old theologian, and Bucko, a 37-
old spiritual activist and mentor to homeless
we listen in on these familiar yet profound
we learn about Fox and Bucko's own
and discover a radical spirituality
that is inclusive,
democratic, and relevant to the
world we live in today.
ADAM BUCKO is cofounder of the
Foundation, empowering homeless youth
the cycle of poverty, and HAB, an inter-
contemplative fellowship focused on training
people in radical spirituality and sacred activism.
MATTHEW FOX is an internationally acclaimed
theologian working in the creation spirituality
of Christianity. He is the best-selling
author of 30 books,
including Original Blessing,
A Spirituality Named
Compassion, and The
Coming of the Cosmic Christ.
It is the spirit of admiration for today's youth that
motivates this book.We believe that today's
generation started a global movement by
on Wall Street and its equivalents
around the world
who are choosing a road less
traveled. They are putting
human and ecological
values ahead of rapacity and greed.
often leading with silent witness and appeals to
moral imagination... They are angry, but they
to an alternative set of values
that will put community ahead
of survival of
the few and the fittest.
We also feel that these
young people have a
message for the rest of us.
That is a second
reason for this book - to give the young
to let their values sound more deeply into our
collective economic, political, educational and
These are the main reasons why we -
one-year-old theologian and a thirty-seven-
old advocate for homeless youth, have teamed
to write this book...
Ultimately, this book is about spirituality...
and as the
late Thomas Berry, an eco-prophet
of immense stature,
reminds us that "the
dark periods of history are the creative
for these are the times when new ideas, arts
institutions can be brought into being at
the most basic level."
My first reason for reading this book is that
I want to learn
more about what the Occupy
Movement, started a year
or so ago, is all
about. While I read articles in the papers
about it, I must admit to considerable
ignorance about it.
A second reason for reading this book is
that I am
intrigued by the connection
between the Occupy Movement
spirituality. While this may be somewhat
contrived, it is
certainly not out of the
While Matthew Fox has sometimes been
stretching things a bit while pressing the envelope in dealing
religious institutions wherein he has functioned,
Fox has also proven himself to be very
insightful. I recall how
much he impressed
some of my students when we want to
him at a time he visited Calgary.
Like many reformers, Fox has his strong
points, and his
weak ones. This time,
however, I find his quite focused and
characteristically ivisionary. I also
appreciate his desire to
with the younger generation. Because
we can all benefit from the
For those who are
new to Fox, this book
will provide a current introduction.
also open the possibility for reading some
earlier books like Original Blessing,
and The Coming of
the Cosmic Christ -
both of which I found very valuable.
For those who, like me, have enjoyd Fox
over the years,
I think this book will
re-introduce you to his keen mind
Buy the Book from Amazon.ca:
San Antonio, TX
Personal Web Site
October 27th, 2013
"The Single Life"
Personal Web Log
October 30th, 2013
"Clash of Cultures Victimizes Women"
WHY STUDY THEOLOGY?
Even if You Are an Atheist
Nov. 1st, 2013
FACING UP TO TORTURE
Uncovering a Shameful History
November 11th, 2013
STUNNING ALL SAINTS PICTURES
The Guardian, UK Nov. 2nd, 2013
"Honouring the Dead Around the World"
WORLD COUNCIL MEETING IN KOREA
Largest, Most Internationally Diverse Gathering
October 30th, 2013
WELBY AND OTHERS ADDRESS WCC
Ecumenical Spirit Strong, With New Actors
November 1st, 2013
3,000+ LEAVE RELIGIOUS LIFE ANNUALLY
Global Figures Reflect Modern Realities
October 31st, 2013
GLOBAL TERRORISM AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH
It Has Become a Major Form of Warfare
CNN Belief Blog
October 29th, 2013
CANADA, US, GOING
IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS
Tarsands Pitch is Quite Different from Each Country
Inside Climate News
November 1st, 2013
GERMANY ALLOWS "INDETERMINATE" GENDER
First Nation With Open Birth Certificate Designation
Nov. 1st, 2013
WISDOM OF THE WEEK
Provided by Sojourners Online
"Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct
pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for
you, and a hope of finally embracing you."
- Thomas Aquinas
"The place to improve the world is first
own heart and head and hands."
- Robert M. Persig
"Our scientific power has outrun our
We have guided missiles
and misguided men."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"There is no time left for anything but
peace work a dimension of
our every waking activity."
- Elise Boulding
ON THIS DAY
INDIRA GANDHI ASSASSINATED
US STOCK MARKET COLLAPSES (1929)
US EXPLODES FIRST HYDROGEN BOMB
Daily Dig for October 31
Provided by the Bruderhof Community
At some thoughts one stands perplexed –
at the sight of men’s sin – and
wonders whether one
should use force or
humble love. Always decide to
love. If you resolve on that, once and
you may subdue the whole world.
Loving humility is marvelous and strong, the
of all things, and there is nothing
else like it.