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    The Common Good Podcast
    A Production of Jubilee Economics  

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    Why do we produce TCGP? Because as an economy shaped by corporations and capital has gone global, the common good has more often suffered than benefitted. AND because the OneEarth economy we talk about (we often call it jubilee) is irrevocably committed to the common good.

    Begun in 2010, by Lee Van Ham and Ed Lucas, The Common Good Podcast (TCGP) is now directed by Lee Van Ham with Jerry Iversen as producer and co-host.

    Episodes feature conversations with people who are growing in the consciousness of living a OneEarth economy, meaning that they search for choices they can make daily to best fit their lives into the abundance of our one planet home. Interviewees talk about their workplace, congregation, organization, or personal lives.

    We interview people who we believe are contributing substantively to Earth’s full community of life — people who seek to live with sufficient rather than excessive incomes, who believe in democratic distribution of power, who seek right relationships between all species, and who work for healthy, balanced eco-regions. This OneEarth worldview is, we believe, infused with the sacred as expressed in diverse spiritualities.

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    Saturday
    Aug042018

    8/15/18::Grace Gyori: From Christian Imperialism to Liberation for All—A Missionary’s Journey

    Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast*

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    Over the years, religious missionary endeavors have too often proceeded alongside the the imperialist and colonialist impetus of nations. But many missionaries and missionary agencies have changed completely away from such entanglement of faith with colonialism or imperialism. This podcast tells how those changes came about in the life of Grace Gyori. Grace was born to parents of missionaries to China. They were incredibly adventurous, oriented to the service of humanity, and also unconscious of the larger colonial and imperial geopolitical picture. She married Tom Gyori and the two became missionaries with the Presbyterian Church USA in Guatemala.

    Lee got to know Grace Gyori in the 1990’s. She and Tom were early founders of Jubilee Economics Ministries. Tom died in 2016. In Guatemala, Grace and Tom were not there to evangelize but to work alongside of the local leaders. Their spirit was not imperial, but liberationist, seeking justice for all, giving up the notion that one had to be Christian or that others were inferior. Instead, they understood that a missionary was a cross-cultural bridge engaging in important faith-based minististries, participating in mutual benefits as all people and all species are to be treated with respect.

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    Friday
    Jul202018

    TCGP 98::John Dear, part 2: Making Nonviolence Stronger in a Culture of Violence

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    Do we believe that nonviolent peacemaking is more powerful than violence? If we don’t, it’s likely that our understanding of nonviolent peacemaking needs more attention. John Dear is just the person we need to listen to.

    Fr. John Dear serves as NonViolence Outreach Coordinator for Pace e Bene, which is organizing Campaign NonViolence Week of Action in mid-Sept. Pace e Bene’s  means “Peace and all good!” He is the author of numerous books, the most recent, “They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change.”

    Founded in 1989 by the Franciscan Friars of California, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service is now an independent, nondenominational 501©3 organization.

    John Dear, Part 1—Responding to Hate, Guns and Bombs with Peace & NonViolence

    ALSO Mentioned

    TCGP Episode 94: Time for Healthcare for All—the Majority Want It and California’s Nearly There

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    Saturday
    Jul142018

    Mid-July:: John Dear: Responding to Hate, Guns and Bombs with Peace & NonViolence, part 1

    Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast

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    Fr. John Dear serves as NonViolence Outreach Coordinator for Pace e Bene. He is the author of numerous books, the most recent, “They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change.”

    Founded in 1989 by the Franciscan Friars of California, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service is now an independent, nondenominational 501©3 organization.

    Pace e Bene’s name derives from St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi who used this phrase in their own time as a form of greeting, which translated from the Italian means “Peace and all good!” So much was expressed by this little phrase: May you have the fullness of well-being, may you be secure and happy; may you not want; may your dignity be respected; may the goodness in your inmost being flourish; may the world in which we live know this deep peace. It was a blessing, a hope, and a way of acknowledging the sacredness of those whom they encountered.

    It is in this spirit that Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service works to mainstream peacemaking that will empower people from all walks of life to prayerfully and relentlessly engage in nonviolent efforts for the well-being of all.

    COMING Aug. 1- John Dear, Part 2

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    Tuesday
    Jun262018

    Bill Ryerson of Population Media Center, part 2--Reducing Population Using Methods That Work

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    In episode 97 of TCGP, we feature PART TWO of a conversation with Bill Ryerson of Population Institute and Population Media Center on Reducing Human Population through Methods That Work.

    In PART ONE we featured Crises Caused by Exploding Population.

    Here’s a reminder of the enormous explosion in numbers of humans that have arrived on planet Earth recently. Today, Homo sapiens are by far the top predators on the planet. Our numbers have doubled since 1970—just 48 years ago. During the 20th century, world population grew from 1.65 billion to 6 billion. In this 21st century, the rate of growth is going down, but we’re at 7.6 billion and still going up. Still, in some countries population is going down. What are those countries doing differently? And just what are the most effective ways we’ve found to reduce human population? What would be a healthy, sustainable balance of humans with all other species? Stay with us for an illuminating conversation on this daunting topic.

    JERRY: Friend, colleague and podcast guest, Peter Sawtell from Eco-Justice.org recent wrote to me: 

    “Whenever the subject of population comes up, I’ll quote a quip that I heard many years ago. ‘If you want to have unproductive political battles, talk about The Population Problem. If you want to do something about population, work for the education of women, widespread basic health care including contraception, and the elimination of stark poverty.’ Your resolution works in that direction in looking for the practical steps to slow population growth.

    As I look back, I’ve written two Commentaries or blogs dealing specifically with population over the years:
    1. The Population Problem
    2. Seven Billion and Rising
    Both of those (and perhaps your document?) are out-of-date in the projections for 2050 population. I’d been referring to figures that looked for a slowing of the growth curve by then, and leveling off at about 9 billion. I’ve heard more recently that explosive growth in central Africa is steepening the curve, and pointing toward even higher numbers.”

    Conversations about overpopulation tend to raise gut reactions, such as “What about China’s One Child policy” or “I couldn’t possibly suggest to a woman from another culture how many children to have.”

    LEE: In 1999, David Pimentel, Cornell University biology professor, estimated two billion people was Earth’s long-term carrying capacity. More recently, the science of ecological footprinting, which measures Earth’s biological production against human demand to consume, has come up with the figure of five billion people, putting us already two billion over Earth’s limits. Both of these calculations take the question of “how many people” to a deeper level, that of considering our interdependence with the millions of other species on Earth. We know we need millions of species in order for our species to survive. The most basic question can no longer be, “How many Homo sapiens can Earth sustain?” but “How many Homo sapiens and other species can inhabit Earth in a life-sustaining balance?”

    JERRY: I wrote an essay recently called Options to Curb the Two Primary Drivers of the Climate Crisis: OverPopulation and OverConsumption. I’ve worked on the issue of overconsumption for some 25 years. Since circulating the essay for response I’ve learned that few people want to touch overpopulation, not in the progressive church, not among non-profits, not liberal politicians. I’ve vowed to carry on this conversation, which began with my interview of John Seager, head of the Population Connection, formerly Zero Population Growth. PART 1 // PART 2

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    Thursday
    Jun142018

    Mid-June :: Bill Ryerson of Population Institute: Crises Caused by Exploding Population

    Bill Ryerson of Population Institute and Population Media Center

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    In two podcast episodes with Bill Ryerson, we delve into the population explosion—a topic that continues to be largely avoided even though it is core to the civilizational and ecological disasters unfolding.

    Episode 1. Crises Caused by Exploding Human Population

    COMING NEXT: Episode 2. Reducing Human Population through Methods That Work

    Co-host Lee Van Ham: “At the very time when species extinctions are happening faster than at any moment since 65 million year ago when dinosaur populations collapsed, one species, Homo sapiens, is in a burst of exponential growth. Now numbering 7.6 billion, our rise to become the overwhelmingly dominant species on the planet carries with it the harbinger of catastrophic decline. Because Nature’s ecosystems seek balance, no species has ever remained overwhelmingly dominant for long. Theoretically, it is possible that Homo sapiens, having evolved a high level of intelligence, will choose actions that cooperate with Nature in re-establishing a balance among species. But current trends indicate that our species will need to be brought back into balance through disaster, disease, and death, just as happens with other species when they have risen to dominate the resources of a region and destroyed the balance of the planet. The MultiEarth worldview is proving to be especially ineffective in dealing with population growth.” (quote from Blinded by Progress by co-host Lee Van Ham)

    So, as we start this two-part series on human population, I am one who says, “There really isn’t anyway that we can be stewards of this planet with the top predator continuing to expand numbers, and doing so explosively.”

    Again, quoting from the chapter on population in my book, Blinded by Progress: “Our growth rate exceeds our consciousness to even calculate its impact, and all of us, scientists included, are scrambling to come up with the framework in which to discuss this rapid takeover of our planet by our own species. E. O. Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist retired from Harvard, has described this unusually rapid numerical growth by a species of primates (_Homo sapiens_) as ‘more bacterial than primate.’ He calculates that ‘human biomass is already a hundred times larger than that of any other large animal species that has ever walked the Earth.’ All species, including our own, are reeling from our heavy footprint upon our planet.”

    NOTE—Study: Human 0.01% of World’s Biomass, Cause 83% of Extinctions—Real News Network.com, 6/6/18, 9 min.

    Co-host Jerry Iversen: I wrote an essay recently called Options to Curb the Two Primary Drivers of the Climate Crisis: OverPopulation and OverConsumption. I’ve worked on the issue of overconsumption for some 25 years. Since circulating the essay for response I’ve learned that few people want to touch overpopulation, not in the progressive church, not among non-profits, not liberal politicians. I’ve vowed to carry on this conversation, which began with my interview of John Seager, head of the Population Connection, formerly Zero Population Growth. PART 1 // PART 2 // ESSAY

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    Thursday
    May312018

    Episode 96 :: Bonnie Tarwater of Church for Our Common Home on Shifting Spiritual Practices and Congregations to More Earth-Based Ways

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    In the New Story of OneEarth living, religion and science are in a new relationship pursuing a mutual goal. That goal? Living with all beings in interdependent relationship that sustains life, reverses climate change, and breaks through to new social and economic systems. Now, how is this affecting houses of worship? Faith communities of all stripes? It’s the pursuit of this new interconnection between spirituality and science that led to the interview of this podcast. Glad you’re listening.

    For everyone intent on living within the capacities of Earth, our common planetary home, Earth Day is a highly important day. Our podcast today is a fitting sequel to Earth Day 2018 which was this past April 22. It was a special weekend for me and Juanita, my spouse. Let me tell you why. On Saturday, Juanita and I heard two renowned people, a climate scientist and a theologian. They shared the same platform. They described how science and religion were joining together in a whole New Story for OneEarth living. The scientist was Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a distinguished professor at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at University of California San Diego and UNESCO Professor of Climate and Policy TERI University, New Delhi, India. In 1975, Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effect of halocarbons.

    The theologian was John Cobb, a scholar in the field of process philosophy and process theology. He is the author of more than 50 books and is described as one of the most significant theologians of the past century. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a major influence in the ecologic movement in China. In 2015 at age 90, he was the architect of a major world conference with Claremont School of Theology, “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecologic Civilization.”

    The architect of this Earth Day event was Bonnie Tarwater, the innovative pastor of the Church for Our Common Home. On Sunday morning Juanita and I went to this house church congregation, formed in the last couple years. John Cobb gave a fascinating homily in the backyard on “God’s Call to Earthism.” A provocative conclusion to what I consider to be a great Earth Day weekend—an inclusive weekend that included Buddhists, Christians, and Sikhs among various religious traditions.

    That story is the background for this podcast. The Church for Our Common Home takes its name from Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” which has the ecological subtitle “On Care for Our Common Home.” A lot of the rest of the story comes out in the interview-conversation I recently had with Bonnie. So let’s go to that now.

    http://www.churchforourcommonhome.com

    ALSO MENTIONED

    Robert Jensen: “We Are All Apocolypticycts Now”

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    Wednesday
    May162018

    Mid-May--Susan Taylor Part 3 on Giving, Sharing, Investing: When Doing Good Matters More Than Getting All You Can

    A 3-part series on Simple Living Works! Podcast and The Common Good Podcast with co-hosts Lee Van Ham and Jerry Iversen.

    ** SLW! episode 111 for mid-April, 2018, features part 1 of our conversation with Susan Taylor of Just Money Advisors about her book “What About Our Money: A Faith Response” — Wrestling with Systems Where Money Is Boss

    ** In early May, TCGP #95 features Susan part 2 on Matters of the Heart.

    ** In mid-May, SLW! #112 features Susan part 3 on Giving and Investing.

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