09 February 2017

Repent!


I have posted a new essay on my website called Repent!

This essay is particularly relevant to the Eco-Spiritual Revolution  retreat day  my father and I are planning for April 22. Other essays that are relevant to that day include Metanoia and In Wildness is Our Salvation.

I am convinced that most of the work we are doing to alter the destructive trajectory of human civilization is tinkering at the margins. We are extremely resistant to making change in the only place it really matters: our own lives. A fundamental change of direction is needed, which Jesus probably called shub, which was translated into Greek as metanoia and into English as repentance. Shub means "to vomit" as well as "to turn or return." I take it to mean being so repulsed by the status quo in oneself, in one's own life, that one needs to be viscerally emptied in order to move in a new direction.

Here is an excerpt from Repent!:

"In some fundamental way, human society is profoundly out of touch with reality. "Be not reconciled to this world," said Jesus. Repent! Turn away from your society and everything it stands for, and turn toward God and everything God stands for. Or as John Dominic Crossan put it so clearly in his Birth of Christianity, turn away from "all that systematically destroys and dehumanizes and dominates." Turn toward all that creates and includes and makes whole.

"The essential question of my life from that point until the present became, what is the kingdom of God? Where is it to be found? What does it mean to repent, to turn away from all that is unreal, and turn toward God, toward wholeness, toward reality? I knew then what my purpose was: to find the kingdom of God, not in some future time or distant place, but here and now. I felt that it was "right at hand." I think I knew intuitively that that meant it was already present, but unnoticed, unappreciated, perhaps not fully realized, veiled by the destructive illusions spun by the human mind. I was determined to see through the illusions and break through to the kingdom, which lay, I was convinced, right at our fingertips."

Read the whole essay...

07 February 2017

Eco-Spiritual Revolution: A Father-Son Dialogue




"It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated.
We are all caught  in an inescapable network of mutuality."

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Larry and John Crockett met the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 22, 1967 and have chosen to honor that meeting with this day of conversation exactly 50 years later.

On April 4, 1967, Dr. King delivered a speech forcefully condemning the Vietnam war in which he called for a moral revolution in America that would change its heart and soul.

Join us for this day of dialogue and conversation informed by John's work in contemplative ecology - a perspective rooted in attention to the natural world - and Larry's grounding in biblical faith traditions. We will consider the need for a spiritual revolution in our own time, a change of heart and mind required to restore balance in our relationships with the Earth.


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Larrimore Crockett will soon celebrate 60 years as an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. In addition to having been a parish minister in Dummerston and Guilford, Vermont, he has been a college chaplain, a biblical scholar and a professor of religion and ethics. Over time, his religious faith has evolved, and today he is seeking to understand it anew in the face of an urgent ecological crisis. For many years he has enjoyed singing in several choruses and living in a house on the side of Black Mountain where he can be in the woods and bring in wood for the stove.


John Crockett is a writer, musician, and nature sound recordist who is inspired by the voices of the Earth. He has studied the vocal communication of humpback whales, songbirds and gray seals. He and his partner, Cynthia Hughes, formed the musical duo Coracle in 2005, which blends Celtic harp, cello, Irish whistles and natural soundscape recordings to create programs of Celtic and original music inspired by the land and the sea and their creatures. He has been engaged with contemplative and meditative practices for more than 35 years.