Thursday, February 26, 2015

God and the World: Are We in Conflict?

Interfaith Spring Colloquium:  Jewish Christian Dialogue of New Mexico presents its 22nd Annual Interfaith Spring Colloquium on Sunday, March 8, 2015. The Colloquium will be held at Congregation B'nai Israel, 4401 Indian School Rd. NE in Albuquerque.

The Jewish Christian Dialogue Presents
22nd Annual Interfaith Colloquium
God and the World:
Are We in Conflict?
Congregation B'nai Israel
Sunday, March 8, 2015
1:00 - 5:30 pm

Speakers will include
  • Rabbi Jack Shlachter, who serves as a rabbi at HaMakom, The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism in Santa Fe, and is also a physicist working at Los Alamos National Laboratories. 
  • Sister Joan Brown, osf, a Catholic Franciscan sister who serves as the Executive Director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that works with all faith communities to address climate change and sustainability.
Topics to be considered include:
  • What do our faith traditions tell us about caring for the Earth and the environment?
  • How do we interpret this passage from Genesis 1:28 today?  "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it."
  • As individuals, what roles do love and moral values play in better living in harmony with our world and fellow human beings?
  • What do our Scriptures have to say to us about the advancement of technologies, the protection of the environment and the treatment of our fellow human beings?
The registration fee for the Colloquium of $30 includes snacks and high tea. Students can attend for $15. Register online with a credit card at

In case you missed the story, CBS News (et al) reported Tuesday:
Trapped manatees rescued from drainage pipe 
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. - Rescue workers and animal experts lifted 19 manatees from the Satellite Beach storm drain system in an operation that lasted from Monday afternoon into early Tuesday.
The workers used earth-moving equipment -- and a gentle touch. 
All the rescued manatees were released back into the wild. 
Officials said some 11 others apparently got out on their own. 
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine biologist Ann Spellman said she was acting on a hunch when she called city workers and asked them to check the drainage pipes Monday. 
You can read the rest of the story here, and watch the accompanying video here.

Abq Jew firmly believes that

This is exactly what the Holy One, Blessed Be He
had in mind 
when He said (in the continuation of Genesis 1:28) 
וּרְדוּ בִּדְגַת הַיָּם, וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם, וּבְכָל-חַיָּה, הָרֹמֶשֶׂת עַל-הָאָרֶץ
and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over
the fowl of the air, and over every living thing
that creeps upon the earth.
No, He wasn't thinking about coyote killing contests.

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