Growth as a Cancer

Faith Economy Ecology Transformation
By Pamela Haines, Quaker social justice educator with a concern for economics and the environment
While growth is generally seen as a good thing, it’s not always true that if something is good, more of it must be better.  We don’t want our children to be seven or eight feet tall.  Living things will grow, for the most part, until they are at their mature size, and then they’ll stop.  Some mysterious internal mechanism knows when more growth would actually hinder their long-term ability to survive. Continue reading Growth as a Cancer

Millennium Consumption Goals

Faith Ecology Economy Transformation
Many of us have heard about the Millennium Development Goals, which set out to improve various indicators of well-being in impoverished nations by 2015. I was intrigued recently to learn of the Millennium Consumption Goals, a complementary initiative that calls for more sustainable consumption by developed nations while meeting the basic needs of persons who are poor. Continue reading Millennium Consumption Goals

U.S. Lifestyle Is Not Up for Negotiation

By Thalif Deen

The Earth’s capacity to meet human needs is finite, and depends on lifestyle choices and associated consumption. / Credit:John Snape/CC BY 2.0

UNITED NATIONS, May 1, 2012 (IPS) – Just before the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, some of the industrial nations, and specifically the United States, were lambasted for their obscenely high consumption of the world’s finite resources, including food, water and energy. Continue reading U.S. Lifestyle Is Not Up for Negotiation

Nigeria: Bishops say government too weak to stop Islamists

Independent Catholic News
By: John Pontifex

Archbishop Kaigama

Nigeria’s most senior bishops have lambasted the government, saying it is too weak to deal with the growing threat from Islamists waging a campaign of terror against Christians.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, and Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja both denounced the government’s response to the growing threat from Islamist groups, saying Christians were increasingly at risk of attack. They were speaking after at least 21 people were killed and more than 20 others were injured on Sunday,  29 April, in coordinated attacks targeting Sunday services at a university campus in Kano, and a chapel in Maiduguri belonging to the Church of Christ in Nigeria. Continue reading Nigeria: Bishops say government too weak to stop Islamists

Growing divestment campaign among churches targets biggest US banks

By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service

Demonstrators protest outside of the Wells Fargo shareholders meeting in San Francisco April 24, calling for bank officials to be more responsive to homeowners facing foreclosure. (CNS/Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When Father Robert Rien, flanked by the staff of St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish, showed up at the Bank of America branch in Antioch, Calif., in 2009 to close out the church’s account — all of $135,000 — the only thing on his mind was the plight of two dozen families in his flock struggling with their mortgages against the $2.3-trillion behemoth.

“We know it wasn’t much,” he said of the parish’s savings. “But it sent a message and it started a movement.” Continue reading Growing divestment campaign among churches targets biggest US banks