All posts from Robyn Purchia

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Dakota Access Pipeline Is “Morally Unacceptable”

Would Jesus put the profits of a few before the health of many? Not likely. It’s easy then to know how Jesus would feel about the Dakota Access pipeline, which puts drinking water for millions at risk. After the federal government approved the pipeline last week, Catholics came together to call the project “morally unacceptable.” “We […]

March 2nd

Find Solace Outside: Meditations Led by Rabbi Katy Allen

These are challenging times. The barrage of bad news may make you anxious. The growing threats to our planet, health, family, friends, neighbors and legal system are scary. It’s hard to trust our leaders and our sources of information. The world seems to be spinning and many of us want the ride to stop; or, at […]

February 1st

Pope Francis Says Money Dominates Politics

Pope Francis had strong words for world leaders’ priorities, including United States president-elect Donald Trump last week. During a speech the pontiff decried politicians who promote corporate profits above the common good. “The ‘distraction’ or delay in implementing global agreements on the environment shows that politics has become submissive to a technology and economy which seek […]

December 8th

Live Event: “Becoming a Peace Maker” With Rabbi Katy Allen

The volatile presidential election and surprising victory of Donald Trump has sparked divides between families and friends, violence and hateful rhetoric. Many of us are reacting to the world with anger, fear, hopelessness and disgust right now. Overcoming these emotions may seem overwhelming, but it’s possible and necessary. On Friday, November 18th at 2pm EST/11am […]

November 17th

Even Under President Trump, Lotuses Can Still Bloom

It’s almost 4am and I haven’t been able to sleep. I thought I’d write to help me process my grief over Donald Trump’s presidential victory, come to acceptance, and get strength to fight. It’s amazing what just sitting down at the computer and formulating my thoughts has already done for my mood. One of my […]

November 9th

Rabbi Ellen Bernstein Describes an Ecotheology for All

It’s not every day we are blessed to hear from one of the leaders of the religious ecology movement. Recently, Rabbi Ellen Bernstein, the birth mother of Jewish environmentalism, gave a talk at the Chautauqua Institution. Titled “A Creator God and a Sense of Place: A Jewish Ecotheology,” Bernstein’s talk shed light on a universal version of […]

September 15th

When 40 Tiger Cubs Are Found Frozen, Who’s to Blame?

Rows of frozen tiger cubs were displayed on a blue blanket at a Buddhist temple west of Bangkok, Thailand this week. It’s hard to read the emotion of the onlookers in the photo — a mix of wildlife authorities, police officials, and photographers — because surgical masks cover half their faces. But I can only imagine […]

June 2nd