WHERE TO GO FROM HERE? Do you want to continue discussing cultural change?
Do you personally want to develop integral consciousness? Can CCCR/Council of the Baptized develop an integral culture within its own organization? Do we want to foster growth of integral consciousness in our local church for the sake of its mission? Do we expect Archdiocesan leadership to have integral consciousness?
___I recognize that my reality is not THE reality and I do not expect that all other people should look at things my way.
___ I recognize that my view of reality is shaped by my experience and the culture I live in.
___ I realize that my reality is sometimes constructed by my ego needs, and I am willing to consider that possibility.
___ I need a supportive community of people who have a common worldview and a common view of the mission of the Church so that action can be planned and implemented.
__ I recognize that I am and that CCCR/Council of the Baptized is for the most part in the "postmodern worldview", and I am ready to move on to a more integral worldview.
___I recognize that each worldview has some values that are necessary to the society as a whole.
___ traditional worldview—law, order, behavioral expectations, common education in values, reasonableness
___ modern worldview—evidence based knowledge, systems, efficiency, can-do mentality
___ postmodern worldview—equalizing, global sensitivity, view from the ground, consensus
___ I acknowledge that, when carried to excess, values of the worldviews become pathologies.
___ I am willing to practice talking about my own reality and listening to others talk about theirs, more like a dance than a tennis match.
___ I am willing to reason (use evidence and logic) with others about my view of reality.
How do I think about God-talk?
___ My ideas about God are integral to my worldview. I can't talk about the world without using God-language.
___ My ideas about God are part of my worldview, but they are not the same as my consciousness of God. I can use God-language sometimes and not at other times.
____ I want to have a common language and common belief about God within the CCCR/Council of the Baptized community and use God-language freely.
___ I am willing to let each person use his/her own God language in talking about faith, but I would like to avoid God talk when other topics are under discussion.
___ I want to keep the talk about worldviews at the philosophical level and avoid God-talk because it distracts from the human work of getting along and getting the work done.
___ Other formulation?
July 6, 2014 NEW VIDOES FROM MICHAEL DOWD
1. GOD IN BIG HISTORY (Dowd) — a 5-part video discussion series designed mostly for church study groups: http://thegreatstory.org/god-in-big-history.html
Given the nature of human meaning-making, there is no single way to interpret Big History. Each religious and philosophical tradition will, no doubt, have a different way to interpret Big History that they (and perhaps only they) find inspiring.
What I’m offering here is but one way to interpret God-talk and religion in light of Big History. I refer to it as the path of “factual faith,” “sacred realism,” or “religious naturalism”. I do, however, maintain that this interpretation conforms to the evidence.
This is a beta version. I welcome feedback and suggestions for improvement throughout July and August. I’ll then be incorporating changes into a final version that will become available (for free) on YouTube for church study groups.
2. VIDEO: “Rocky Mountain Trees in Climate Peril” (Barlow) — This is the episode 5 in Connie’s multi-part videoblog series on climate impacts in American forests. This episode is the one we most highly recommend to those not yet familiar with the series because (a) it was filmed before a live audience in Durango Colorado last month (and also featured in the Durango Herald newspaper, here, and (b) no forests in the country are feeling the effects of climate change more powerfully than the Rocky Mountain states. Go directly to this hour-long video on youtube: http://youtu.be/H1_usZ9E3d8
3. WHAT’S NEW on The Great Story website: http://thegreatstory.org/new.html
10. There are 100,000 times as many stars in the universe as sounds and words ever uttered by all humans who have ever lived.
9. Humans are genetically connected with life on Earth, chemically connected with life on other star systems and atomically connected with all matter in the universe.
8. Dark matter and dark energy make up 94 percent of the universe. We can measure their existence, yet we have no idea what they are.
7. Beneath a thick layer of surface ice, Jupiter's moon Europa likely harbors an ocean kept warm by the gravitational stresses induced by Jupiter and by neighboring moons -- a potential haven for life.
6. An asteroid the size of Mount Everest slammed into Earth 65 million years ago. The ensuing global climatic catastrophe left 70 percent of all the world's species extinct, including the ferocious dinosaurs.
5. There are more molecules of water in a cup of water than cups of water in all the world's oceans. This means that some molecules in every cup of water you drink passed through the kidneys of Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Abe Lincoln or any other historical person of your choosing. Same goes for air: There are more molecules of air in a single breath of air than there are breaths of air in Earth's entire atmosphere. Therefore, some molecules of air you inhale passed through the lungs of any historical person of your choosing.
4. The laws of physics, as measured here on Earth, apply everywhere else in the universe -- across space and time.
3. Because light takes time to travel from one place to another, the farther out in space you look, the farther back in time you see. With our most powerful telescopes, we can observe the universe all the way back to its earliest moments -- all the way back to the Big Bang itself.
2. With Mars likely to have been wet and fertile before Earth in the early solar system, with known bacteria that can survive extremes of temperature, pressure and radiation, with asteroid impacts that can cast into space rocks that contain bacterial stowaways, allowing life to move between planets, it may be that life on Earth was seeded by life from Mars, making all of us descendants of Martians.
1. With chemical elements forged over 14 billion years in the fires of high-mass stars that exploded into space, and with these elements enriching subsequent generations of stars with carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and other basic ingredients of life itself, we are not just figuratively but literally made of stardust.