Restoration offers concrete means by which humans can once again enter into positive, creative relationship with the more-than-human world, meeting responsibilities that are simultaneously material and spiritual.
What follows are some of the insights I have gleaned from my own experience and from others about how to persevere in dark times.
We don’t need more scientific data or superficial behaviour change initiatives but to engage individuals at a deep emotional, psychological and spiritual level.
There’s no doubt we’re in a time of (w)reckoning and repair. So, how do we sit with the wreckage of late-stage capitalism and collapse? What are the skills and social technologies we need to practice in order to navigate these threshold times? And, what does it mean to re-pair when so many systems and beliefs need to be completely torn apart?
Grief and disappointment are not separate from care, joy, and enthusiasm. All of these feelings are emotions of engagement with this life. Letting things matter to us. Taking risks. Opening our hearts.
Please invite your friends and join me next Sunday (May 3, 2020) at 10am (CDT) for a virtual presentation by eco-theologian, Michael Dowd, about living beyond hope and despair in a time of civilizational collapse. Michael’s message is especially salient during this time of social distancing and global pandemic.