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… I guess when it rains it pours (at least here in Victoria).  Here’s another one I wrote for the Spiritually Speaking Blog. The more I wrote on this one, I realized I have about three of four postings along this line – so stay tuned for more ‘localism’ posts!  r


“In whatever place you live, do not easily leave it.”   —Abba Anthony, 3rd century AD

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We live in an age characterized by increased mobility.  It is more and more common for us North Americans to live in many places, have several careers, and to travel often.  With this backdrop to our lives, the idea to settle down into a single place for the long haul… well, that seems kind of quaint, doesn’t it?

In spite of the odds, the notion of ‘rooting in place’ is becoming increasingly popular with some folks.  Read the rest of this entry »

Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze have written a compelling book about what they call “Walk Outs Who Walk On”. Here is how they define these so-called “Walk Outs”:

Walk Outs are people who bravely choose to leave behind a world of unsolvable problems, scarce resources, limiting beliefs and destructive individualism. They walk on to the ideas, beliefs and practices that enable them to give birth to new systems that serve community. This is the story of an emerging movement of pioneering leaders and communities around the world who are self-organizing to create healthy and resilient communities.

Does that speak to and challenge the church today, or what?

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Someone recently commented to me that transgressing into the 7-deadly sins or violating the 10 Commandments might have been cause for serious shame in an earlier era.  They went on to note that they felt that the only real contemporary equivalent to induce that kind of shame for most of us is the ‘sin’ of having economic debt.

A lot of us have a lot of debt.

In light of that -and in light of household consumer debt being more and more on the rise – I stumbled across this interesting and exciting notion of a ‘rolling jubilee’ – where ordinary folks are fundraising to buy up reduced-rate bad debt (a common practice amongst folks who then try and get it back through coercion) and simply forgiving it!

Sound impossible? – check out more about it here (Democracy Now interview) or at  It sounds like CBC even has a piece on it here – though I haven’t had a chance to listen yet.

I’m sure the idea has some limitations (some are addressed in the Democracy Now interview) – but it’s nevertheless great to see people coming up with creative action very much in the spirit of the ancient Biblical Jubilee!

Forgive us, as we forgive… Amen.

I waited patiently for the Lord. - Psalm 40

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