To engage ethically as a consumer is to practice mindfulness in one of the most challenging aspects of our everyday lives.

People can change. Institutions can change. But doing so requires all who harmed — and all who benefited from harm — to come forward, admit their mistakes, and actively take steps to change the power dynamics. It requires everyone to hold each other accountable, but also to aim for reconciliation not simply retribution.”

For months and months now, the Conservatives have actively demonized the least intrusive, lowest-regulation, fairest, most efficient, one could almost say most “conservative” means of fighting climate change. By rights, a price on carbon ought to be a Conservative policy, and had they just quietly taken a carbon tax on board, with a couple of branding tweaks, few would have noticed and very few would have minded.

The broader point, however, is that the way in which urban space is organized is currently structured around the car. Not only does it lead to congestion, it reduces quality of life with noise, pollution, and sprawl.”

But perhaps the most significant reason Canadians drive less-efficient vehicles is gas prices. There is a clear correlation between the price of gasoline and the average fuel consumption of vehicles. Where gas prices are low, as they are in Canada and the U.S., fuel consumption tends to be high.”

That means in the past four years the number of hate groups in Canada has tripled. This comes at the same time that police-reported hate crime has spiked. Statistics Canada data indicate hate crimes rose by 47 per cent in 2017, which came on the heels of a steady increase in the preceding years.”

We have a preponderance of evidence at this point and yet the very existence of anthropogenic climate change is still considered something to debate. Meanwhile, we — you, me, the other New Yorkers shuffling through the Target around me, your neighbors wherever you’re reading this — are somehow not stockpiling non-perishables and fleeing the coasts in search of high ground ahead of the looming end like you’d expect in a proper End Times. Instead, we’re just trying to get through the next day or week as we suffer through the early throes of our collective demise, hoping that we might be wrong about the whole thing.

“If your end goal is to get 500,000 people to turn up on the Mall in Washington, D.C., Twitter is great at that. Facebook is great at that. But if your goal is to actually make lasting change in the system, you have to work within the system — to essentially get a seat at the table.”

Unless nations step up their efforts to protect what natural habitats are left, they could witness the disappearance of 40 percent of amphibian species, one-third of marine mammals and one-third of reef-forming corals. More than 500,000 land species, the report said, do not have enough natural habitat left to ensure their long-term survival.

There should, therefore, be thousands of helping hands willing to break this media cycle on white nationalism. But there are hardly any to be found. Instead, we’re faced with a wall of white silence, as if the wave of hate crimes and terrorism in recent years hasn’t been aided by the bigoted rhetoric from acquaintances and even family members they’ve muted in group chats.

Looking back on it now, I can see the way this lead to burnout. It’s not exactly dishonesty or if it is, it’s a curious case of it. It’s not an outright betrayal of one’s values, it’s just concealing them out of fear of how those with the power of money will react.

Despite what we’d like to think of ourselves, an entire 40 per cent of the electorate has, on no quantifiable basis at all, decided that we are taking in too many non-white immigrants and refugees. And in response, we have placed confidence in several provincial parties who have accepted white nationalist sympathizers in their ranks, pledged to withdraw support for asylum-seekers, and tabled legislation to force religious minorities to choose between expressing their religious faith and remaining employed.

The second word that [this church] obsesses over, after “relevant,” is “authentic.” Not coincidentally, I associate the word with digital-branding firms hired by outdated corporations to tell them what millennials want: ‘They’re big on authenticity, okay, and realness, and being true to their core.’ I’m not sure what a sentence like that could possibly mean. I’m even less sure what “authentic” means in the context of a church, especially one so insistent on its own authenticity.

We are now at a point in human history when we must realize that the Industrial Age has written a check to our world that has insufficient funds. Only a worldview encompassing the interconnectedness between Creator, human beings, and the rest of creation as one family will sustain abundant life. Such a worldview is fundamentally both Indigenous and biblical. If we are wise, we will protect Christ’s creation, for this creation is central to God’s investment in us.

The size of this particular group discussion is modest, at 180 users. But its members do more than simply engage in online talk. They meet in person, spread propaganda and encourage each other to recruit and expand the movement. They purchase weapons and discuss training. They have also attempted to join, influence and volunteer for Canadian political parties, usually adopting a restrained and more palatable guise.

Monday’s report underscores an unnerving truth about the world’s collective efforts to stop climate change: Even as renewable energy rapidly expands, many countries — including the United States and China — are nevertheless still turning to fossil fuels to satisfy ever-growing energy demand.

Churches who are consumer/service oriented must continue producing excellent services or risk losing their parishioners for the better show down the road. Herein lies the problem. When you don’t reflect the dominant culture (for this church it’s white, suburban, and millennial) you ultimately don’t fit and aren’t welcome. To compound matters, when you spoil the polish of the “sacred cow”, it’s even worse.

After every heinous act like this, there are people who say don’t politicize the issue, who want to talk solely in expressions of condolence, love, light, thought, prayers — the usual suspects of platitudes that are delivered after a political act such as this; and then want to only have it as if it could possibly be removed from a broader political conversation, and it can’t.

This society — our culture — has got to do away with the idea that something political is bad. It is not. There is nothing in your life that is not political — least of all a political attack on a group of people for what their faith is. You cannot divorce this from politics. There is absolutely no way you can talk about this act without engaging a politic, and if you try, that in itself is a politic.

The status quo — continuing along the same trajectory, doing the same things — leads to disaster on a scale that is genuinely difficult to comprehend, involving the fate of our species and thousands of others over centuries to come.

These men expound on the necessity of listening to survivors, but they can’t seem to conceive of a world in which people aren’t listening to them.

In the context of relationships and friendships, racial harm is almost always unintentional or ignorant dehumanizing or othering. This often occurs with good intention.

I think the phrase masturbatory worship is very apropos. There is often a lack of community, of recognition or responsiveness to the others present; and a strong prioritization of my personal experience and preference—indeed, a genuine selfishness in worship rather than the give-and-take that belongs within the communion of saints, the Body of Christ. Christianity is relational—us with God in Christ; us with others, united in Christ. The minimally interactive, highly sensual nature of modern praise worship is not relational in the same way; and in a way, intentionally so–relationships are hard work.

The numbers go on to show, from every angle, a gap in service, a grave injustice. The statistics are burdensome but a little redemptive. They prove we aren’t crazy for thinking our communities face disparities most couldn’t imagine, a violence most cannot see.