While I was in Maui, one of the sisters I was staying with received a book from some relatives, called “Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology” by Sarah McFarland Taylor.
Here’s an excerpt from Harvard University Press’ web site:
Green sisters are environmentally active Catholic nuns who are working to heal the earth as they cultivate new forms of religious culture. Sarah Taylor approaches this world as an “intimate outsider.” Neither Roman Catholic nor member of a religious order, she is a scholar well versed in both ethnography and American religious history who has also spent time shucking garlic and digging vegetable beds with the sisters. With her we encounter sisters in North America who are sod-busting the manicured lawns around their motherhouses to create community-supported organic gardens; building alternative housing structures and hermitages from renewable materials; adopting the “green” technology of composting toilets, solar panels, fluorescent lighting, and hybrid vehicles; and turning their community properties into land trusts with wildlife sanctuaries.
I didn’t have too much time to do more than skim through a couple of sections, but it looks like a fine volume to add to the list of things I’d like to read.
This post should be coming online as I start my trip back East to Baden to start my directed retreat. If I have time, I’ll compose a few more posts to come online during my fast from the Internet. I won’t be able to respond to any of your comments until I finish retreat, so, discuss amongst yourselves, and play nice!