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Old Time Religion – Replace, Reform, or Reject?

Old Time Religion – Replace, Reform, or Reject?

At the end of June 2021 the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) is holding a conference entitled: Naturalism–as Religion, within Religions, or without Religion? The description of the conference includes the following:  In this conference, we will...

Two Mindsets and a Peace Proposal

Two Mindsets and a Peace Proposal

Before Reading The ArticleThis article makes referrences to the two mindsets that are discussed in The Hopeful Mindset and the values associated with each. If you have not read The Hopeful Mindset or would like to refresh your memory you may wish to take a look at  a...

The Real Root of All Evil

The Real Root of All Evil

Is money really the root of all evil? Certainly it can be used for evil purposes but I think we misunderstand the problem. The problem, I contend, is not money itself but in the beliefs we have about what it can do for us. We have this idea that if we can just get...

The Hopeful Mindset’s Values Hexagon

The Hopeful Mindset’s Values Hexagon

The Hopeful Mindset Values Need Hopeful Values Basic Physiological Needs (food, water, warmth) Vitality Safety Need Resiliency Security Need Sustainability  Membership Need Inclusive Connection/Compassion Agency (Power to Act) Need Personal...

Mindsets and Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

Mindsets and Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

I recently watched a Netflix documentary called "The Social Dilemma" <https://www.netflix.com/browse?jbv=81254224> in which a dozen or so highly qualified and experienced people working in the field of social media were interviewed. I thought I was reasonably...

Is Anyone Listening?

Is Anyone Listening?

I recently participated in a webinar entitled “What is the Earth Asking of Us?” arranged by earthliteracies.org. Although the participants came from varied backgrounds and experiences there was a general consensus that Earth needs us to learn to live in harmony with...

2 Paths Forward from COVID-19

2 Paths Forward from COVID-19

Dr Trevor Hancock of the University of Victoria proposes that, rather than bouncing back from COVID-19 we should bounce forward. What he means is that bouncing back would mean returning the practices that have got us into the global problems we now face such as...