[Dialogue] [Oe List ...] Interested in being a part of a group studying CHOOSING EARTH over the next couple of months?

Susan Fertig sfertig at blueskytech.us
Fri May 14 07:57:29 PDT 2021

Jim, I am reading a book right now by a scientist, Francis s. Collins, who believes science and faith are compatible. He was a CS Lewis Institute Fellow (as was I, though we are not contemporaries), and he was in charge of the International Human Genome Project under President Bill Clinton. Clinton said in his speech announcing that they had uncovered the code, 3 billion letters long, "Today we are learning the language in which God created life."

His book is entitled "The Language of God."

Your group might find this interesting.


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Subject: [Oe List ...] Interested in being a part of a group studying CHOOSING EARTH over the next couple of months?

David Rebstock and I are quite interested in looking at this.  See what you think.  Check out the website.  We hope to find a number of you who are interested -- as participants, session organizers, small group leaders, and technical producers.  JOIN US next Monday at 8:00 pm Chicago time to get ourselves organized!!

  Home - Choosing Earth<https://choosingearth.org/>


Home - Choosing Earth

The goal of the Choosing Earth Project is to foster understanding of the magnitude, speed and depth of challenge...

The book is available there as a downloadable pdf, or you can purchase it as an ebook at Amazon.  There is also a documentary video accessible and several other resources.  I have been in touch with the organizers and they have made available a 7 session outline and guide for studying the book.

I am hopeful that this can open up a broader conversation, one that can include multiple generations.

Here is a 1 paragraph description that speaks.

Choosing Earth draws upon a lifetime of research by the author and looks a half-century into the future to explore how our world might evolve into a mature, planetary civilization that celebrates the miracle of life. Decade by decade, it describes stages of great transition that realistically could lie ahead. Where many see the single trend of growing climate disruption producing a catastrophic collapse, Choosing Earth sees a purposeful rite of passage for humanity where we move beyond our adolescent stage of development and into our early adulthood. With greater maturity, we can move from exploiting the Earth and each other to caring for all of life — and a sustainable and purposeful future can unfold.

The next paragraph outlines the approach of the book.

As further introduction, it is important to add that, to explore this great transition, Choosing Earth develops three perspectives often missing from the current discussion:
1. Look Wide: Look beyond single factors such as global warming and include a wide range of trends including climate disruption, social and economic inequities, resource depletion, species extinction, population growth, and much more.
2. Look Deep: Look beneath the outer trends such as climate change and species extinction to include the inner realities of evolving psychology, values, culture, consciousness, and paradigms.
3. Look Long: Look far into the future — much farther than the short run of the next five or ten years. Trends that are uncertain and ambiguous in the short run become much clearer when extrapolated to the longer run of the next 50 years.
By looking wide, deep and long, Choosing Earth constructs a realistic story or scenario describing this great transition.

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The unknown is what is.  And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that.  Unknown is what is.  Accept that it's unknown, and it's plain sailing.    John Lennon

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