Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day 2015

In honor of Earth Day I share the poem "Becoming" by Rod Cameron, OSA. It's from his 1995 book Karingal: A Search for Australian Spirituality, which the McGowan family gifted to me in 2006.

Accompanying Cameron's poem, one which reflects the basic tenets of evolutionary spirituality, are images of the Australian landscape from various trips that I made to Australia from the U.S. between 1996 and 2003. These images have been scanned from print copies and have not been previously shared at The Wild Reed. Enjoy!


Becoming is the song of flowing tides
of bursting flowers, onward rushing streams
the ceaseless sunrise of our human powers
the long awakening of our deepest dreams.

Becoming is the cry of morning light
the smiling peace that comes when spring is blessed
the theme of every drama of the stars
a sigh that rises from the ocean's breast.

Creation is an act of long awakening.
The rocks and rivers whisper this one theme,
the course that the unfolding chart is taking
the hymn that rises from an early dream.

– Rod Cameron

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Photo of the Day – Earth Day 2013
Boorganna (Part I)
Boorganna (Part II)
Thomas Berry (1914-2009)
"Something Sacred Dwells There"
The End of the World As We Know It . . .
Quote of the Day – September 19, 2014

Related Off-site Links:
Earth Day: LGBTQ Theologians Join in Protecting the Environment – Kittredge Cherry (Jesus in Love Blog, April 22, 2015).
Reading I.F. Stone on Earth Day: Why We Still Won’t Get Anywhere Unless We Connect the Dots – Naomi Klein (Common Dreams, April 22, 2015).
The Stain of Big Oil is Smearing Earth . . . and Our Culture – Mel Evans (Common Dreams, April 22, 2015).
Love Is the Primary Energy to Amend Climate Change – Rev. G. Travis Norvell (Sojourners, April 23, 2015).
'Environmental Heroes' from Around World Honored with Prestigious Prize – Sarah Lazare (Common Dreams, April 21, 2015).
Colorado Teenager Rallies Youth Around the World to Protect the Planet – Cameron Keady (The Huffington Post, April 22, 2015).
Encyclical on Environment Stimulates Hope Among Academics and Activists – Thomas Reese (National Catholic Reporter, April 24, 2015).
Pope Francis' Radical Environmentalism – Tara Isabella Burton (The Atlantic, July 11, 2014).

Recommended Resources:
Dreaming a New Earth: Raimon Panikkar and Indigenous Spiritualities – Gerald Hall (Wipf and Stock, 2013).
Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation – Lyndsay Moseley (Sierra Club Books, 2009).
Restoring the Soul of the World: Our Living Bond with Nature's Intelligence – David Fideler (Inner Traditions, 2014).
Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources – Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill (Berrett-Koehler, 2013).
Field of Compassion: How the New Cosmology Is Transforming Spiritual Life – Judy Cannato (Sorin Books, 2010).
Prayers to An Evolutionary God – William Cleary (Skylight Paths, 2004).

Images: Michael J. Bayly.

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