In Episode 216 Pro – Generations, Part 1, we look at the cyclical nature of growth and decay in ecology and human society. We begin by checking out the salmon who are now returning to the creek a couple of miles from our home here in Seattle — their life cycle, humanity’s role in destroying or restoring their hatching grounds, and what these fish can teach nascent religious communities concerned with sustaining a love of nature from one generation to the next. Then we turn from fish to the fishers of men: Christianity. The church is undergoing massive changes as it struggles to accommodate technological developments and rising environmental consciousness. We look at the theories from the emergent Christian movement, including Phyllis Tickle and Doug Pagitt, who think that larger cycles of social change, which have been at work for thousands of years, are driving the church’s development; and we talk about the implications of those social changes for other religious and spiritual groups, and for society at large.
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- “Salmon, Pagan Stewardship and the Lesson of Samhain,” by Alison Leigh Lilly
- The Wild Goose Festival
- Phyllis Tickle’s website
- Doug Pagitt’s website
- Church in the Inventive Age, by Doug Pagitt
Tags: community, cycles, Doug Pagitt, emergence, history, industrial age, information age, inventive age, patterns, Phyllis Tickle, reformation, salmon, samhain