The Affording Hope Project ultimately exposes a discipleship journey; acknowledging the personal transformation that must accompany constructive solutions to the converging energy, environmental, and economic crisis we face today. Many different environmental and social movements inform this discipleship journey.  Below are a few:

Sabbath Economics

“At its root, Sabbath observance is about gift and limits: the grace of receiving that which the Creator gives, and the responsibility not to take too much, nor to mistake the gift for a possession. The economic implications of this tradition as it is articulated in the Bible can be summarized in three axioms:

1) the world as created by God is abundant, with enough for everyone- provided that human communities restrain their appetites and live within limits;

2) disparities in wealth and power are not “natural” but the result of human sin, and must be mitigated within the community of faith through the regular practice of redistribution;

3) the prophetic message calls people to the practice of such redistribution, and is thus characterized as “good news” to the poor.”

From “…and distributed it to whoever had need.” The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics, by Ched Myers

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Ecological Economics

“Ecological economists spend much of their time focusing on the flow of resources – from extraction to production to disposal – also called “throughput.” How large is the economy and its throughput in relation to the earth’s ecosystem? How large could it be? But most importantly, is there an optimal size beyond which the growth of throughput begins to have more costs than benefits? These questions are never considered in classical economics, but are fundamental questions that we face today as a human community.”

From NewsNotes March-April 2009, Special Series: Ecological Economics, part 2, published by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

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Creation Spirituality

“Creation Spirituality seeks a wholistic spirituality that overcomes the dualism between religion and science, between spirituality and social justice and between psyche and society. It is a justice-seeking spirituality”

“It is egalitarian and pluralistic, rejoicing in the manyness of beings that interconnect in a rich cosmic community. It allows us to lay aside our defenses, our needs to control, dominate and destroy the other. It is the spirituality that is needed for an ecological, peacemaking and just world community.”

From Creation Spirituality: The Message and the Movement” by Rosemary Radford Ruether

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Deep Ecology

“The distinguishing and original characteristics of the deep ecology movement were its recognition of the inherent value of all living beings and the use of this view in shaping environmental policies. Those who work for social changes based on this recognition are motivated by love of nature as well as for humans. They recognize that we cannot go on with industrialism’s ‘business as usual.’ Without changes in basic values and practices, we will destroy the diversity and beauty of the world, and its ability to support diverse human cultures.”

-Alan Drengson, co-editor of The Deep Ecology Movement

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