We are talking about Deep Ecumenism and especially in the context of the upcoming COP meeting in Scotland next week addressing the following questions:
Can humans get off our path of self-hatred (integral to patriarchal consciousness, as Adrienne Rich insightfully tells us), beyond our journey to Extinction (a journey we are embarked on with millions of other species due mostly to human narcissism)?
Can we change our ways, transform ourselves deeply, so that Mother Earth can flourish?
Here is where Deep Ecumenism comes in, for it calls on all the world spiritual traditions to step up and offer what they can to inspire people of all cultures, generations, races, ethnic groups, nations, political persuasions and economic systems to join the battle. All hands on deck!
Let the competitions between religions cease and co-operation begin anew! We all have inherited the same beautiful and unique home we call earth. We all face the same extinction. Are we up to the task?
Two days ago a moving article appeared in the news about several young Sikh men who saw two other men in a very precarious situation, clinging to a large rock in BC Canada, about to fall into a deadly rushing river. Acting quickly, the Sikh men made a rope of their turbans. With this woven rope, they were able to pull the other two men to safety.*
What a wonderful parable this is about the Eco Crisis today! Let’s adapt our diverse religious practices—whatever they be–to the pressing need at hand. Let’s weave together our “turbans” and create a rope that saves our and many species from the brink of extinction. Let us love Mother Earth and all her creatures eager to join us. First comes the rescue.
*See: “Sikh men created a lifeline using turbans and jackets to rescue hikers at a park,” Tien Le, NPR, 10/25/2021.
See Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, pp. 1-34, 228-244.
To read the transcript for Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Queries for Contemplation
What lessons do you take from this story of the young men stringing their turbans together? How do you see it relating to the topic of Deep Ecumenism and the Climate Emergency?
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance
In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the manner in which the spirit of Christ resurrects in terms of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the young, the rebirth of effective forms of worship—all of these mirroring the ongoing blessings of Mother Earth and the recovery of Eros, the feminine aspect of the Divine.
“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.