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Fukushima: More to Come, and Informal Working Group

Fukushima: More to Come, and Informal Working Group

“I often don’t understand a painting’s process until a title reveals itself to me. This was especially true with ‘Fukushima: More to Come’. The piece was created more than 2 years after the disaster. The title actually shocked me as I remembered the situation and feeling of dread and hopelessness about the after effects of the nuclear poisoning that will spread and last into the future. In the painting there are the three containment units at the edge of the sea. There is the black ink traveling through the earth and out to sea like contaminated water. There is a orange sun that seems burdened and constrained by a wire netting. Are the blue circles the sad souls of people who have lost their piece of heaven on earth? Perhaps…”

Report on the 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference Declaration

Report on the 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference Declaration

The 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference Declaration was adopted by the conference on August 29, 2014. The TOU’s Grove Harris participated on the drafting team that worked to incorporate contributions to the document over the days of the conference and create a statement that can be used to move the work towards a transformative agenda forward.

The Things That Make for Peace

The Things That Make for Peace

TOU is co-sponsoring “The Things That Make for Peace” with United Methodist Women and a number of other collaborating organizations.

Nuclear Power Is NOT the Answer to Climate Change

Nuclear Power Is NOT the Answer to Climate Change

The TOU is proud to co-sponsor “Nuclear Power Is NOT the Answer to Climate Change” with Peace Boat US, Human Rights Now, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Nuclear Information and Resources Service, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, and Abolition 2000 NY

TOU at the United Nations: 2015 and Beyond

TOU at the United Nations: 2015 and Beyond

In August, four representatives of the Temple of Understanding will attend this year’s NGO/DPI conference. The theme is 2015 and Beyond, and the outcome document will feed into the UN’s sustainable development goals process.

TOU and People of the Earth Address the Fukushima Crisis

TOU and People of the Earth Address the Fukushima Crisis

“Our collective future as human beings is in our hands. We must address the Fukushima nuclear crisis and all actions that may violate the Creator’s Natural Law. We have reached the crossroads of life and the end of our existence. We will avert this potentially catastrophic nuclear disaster by coming together with good minds and prayer as a global community of all faiths.” –Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and Spiritual Leader of the Great Sioux Nation

Trebbe Johnson – Aphrodite at the Landfill

Trebbe Johnson – Aphrodite at the Landfill

Aphrodite at the Landfill is a rousing call to readers to turn their attention to the kinds of places most people would rather forget: the clearcut forests, paved wetlands, fracked farms, and polluted rivers that once were beautiful and meaningful and now are under assault. Yet when the places we love are damaged, we humans hurt too.

Chung Hyun Kyung on Eco-feminism and Earth Spiritualities

Chung Hyun Kyung on Eco-feminism and Earth Spiritualities

Chung Hyun Kyung is a lay theologian of the Presbyterian Church of Korea and a dharma teacher at the Kwan Eum Zen School in New York City. She defines herself as a “salimist” (Korean Eco-feminist) from the Korean word “salim,” which means “making things alive.”

Piper Dumont on the Edible Churchyard

Piper Dumont on the Edible Churchyard

The Edible Churchyard is Union Theological Seminary’s initiative to re-imagine churchyards and rooftops as gardens to revitalize communities, reclaim food-based knowledge, and nourish the land and our bodies.

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