I posted the first blog as The Sustainist exactly one year ago. Fifty-two posts later, I am still writing. As I revisit the year of sharing with my readers, I realized I was trying to describe something that is not yet fully realized. I could see the connections here and there and I shared them, but I have not yet able to see the full picture of this “Spirituality for Sustainable Communities in a Networked World.”
Here are some of the blog posts’ titles from last year: Do More with Less, Waste=Resouce, Network Globally-Connect Locally, Ancient-Future-Now, Facilitate like Water, Darkness Is Not Dark, Fear-Miner, Holy Currencies, GracEconomics. As a writer, sometimes I arrived at ideas that the conventional English language does not have existing words to describe. So, I create new words by connecting words that had not be coupled or combined before. The presence of hyphenated words and intentional coupling of previously un-related words are indications of the emergence of something new - new concept, idea, identity, experience, organization, community that is so new that we have to invite new words and phrases to describe.
Matthew Fox in his classic book, A Spirituality Named Compassion: and the Healing of the Global Village, Humpty Dumpty and Us, wrote, “The very heart of being creative is seeing relations between matter and from that no one has ever imagined before or that people deeply want and need to see.”
Jesus was an artist in that he connected the concept of the messiah with suffering and dying and giving up of himself for others. When he spoke of these connections, even his friends were not able to accept it until the whole gospel story was lived out. This is the risk an artist-leader takes.
In this sense, I have tried to be an artist-leader this last year by seeing and sharing the relations among people, resources, technologies, money, concepts and ideas that would create sustainable community. In other words, I am trying to describe the sustainist which, in itself, is a vision that is not yet fully described. And I hope these are things that people want or need to see. I am still still writing weekly because there are many more connections to be made.
Invite members of your community to gather and explore new connections.
Reflection Questions for 2nd Sunday of Lent (Year B)
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Eric H. F. Law
For competent leadership in a diverse changing world
Come to Los Angeles in 2012 to study with The Sustainist, the first two opportunities:
February 27–March 2, 2012