The time has come for the annual appraisal. I ask each associate to give time to appraising the present strength of the two threads, CCMJ (Christian Council for Monetary Justice) and LGOT (London Global Open Table) – see www.globaltable.org.uk – now woven collaboratively into a third, the INDEPENDENT CONSTITUTIONALISTS UK [ICUK].
You will each know something of one or all of those three threads, and your comment on any or all is of great importance. For some 10 years the third thread in CCMJ’s explorations of monetary justice has been growing wider and stronger.
ICUK’s Declaration of Purpose, with its explanatory notes, is now being put to a large range of people. And so, in the light of these significant advances, it would most valuable if you would visit www.icuk.life and make your own comment as it impacts upon you.
The language is that of integrity and inclusive justice in Public Policy, but its interpretation is of the concept of the Kin[g]dom of God when applied synchronistically to the intimate, complex and global aspects of the covenant and our trusteeship during our tenancy. It challenges everyone to be a ‘jobbing economist and jobbing theologian and to be active in a new pattern of democracy expressed through the parliamentary system but in a non-adversarial process.
Even as I write, this book below hits my doormat – a further strong contribution to the gathering momentum of cries for ‘Reprogramming the Future’, to use a title from the current journal of the RSA…. which we are following up vigorously.
“INCARNATION – A New Evolutionary Threshold.” Diarmuid O’Murchu:
“What does it mean to be embodiments of the Spirit of God on earth, and why is it so important to understand it? The incarnation and resurrection of Jesus, marks a new evolutionary threshold. It points the way toward the fulfillment of our destiny. We can continue in that direction … or destroy ourselves. It is our choice: to co-create with God, or co-destruct on our own. Incarnation shows us what we need to know to choose rightly. Incarnation reveals how the notion of separateness—of “others” and “borders” and the earth as an object to exploit—endangers everyone and everything. The author expands the Christian idea of Incarnation to reveal a universal embodiment of Spirit. He shows how all forms of embodiment—from bacteria to the stars, from our children to strangers—evidence a God who loves bodies and chooses the corporeal form in every initiative of co-creation.”
Priest, missioner and social psychologist, Diarmuid O’Murchu has worked with homeless people, refugees, and HIV/AIDS patients on three continents. He has led workshops in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines,Thailand, India, Peru, and in several African countries. He is the author of a number of pioneering books including Quantum Theology, Evolutionary Faith, The Transformation of Desire, Ancestral Grace, Adult Faith, In the Beginning was the Spirit, God in the Midst of Change, Inclusivity, and Religious Life in the 21st Century.
And our strong associate in the USA Marcia Pally writes: How is covenant a basis for public policy? MARCIAPALLY ⋅ APRIL 23, 2018. “Have a look at my chapter in ‘Religion and Democracy’ on making covenant and the common good the guide to societal organisation through economic and political policies. Click here or type into your browser: https://marciapally.com/more-than-a-resource-covenant-as-a-basis-for-societal-organization/
YOUR COMMENTS, PLEASE.
ONLY 50% OF THE 87 ON THIS E-LIST REPLIED TO LAST YEAR’S APPRAISAL
RESPONSE from Brian Wills: 29/4/2018
Dear Peter, My response to your request for comments is focused on ICUK, but concerns some elements of CCMJ and LGOT with which I am familiar. As before, I’m impressed by the number of new emails concerning each of these threads you keep sending us. Diligent work indeed!
But now that ICUK’s Declaration of Purpose has been tested and well accepted during the Dubrovnik Round Table, will there be a convergence of the three threads into a kind of ‘body politic’? Though each has (I assume) its own mailing list, and thus for the time being remains free-standing, my personal hope is that an underlying ésprit de corps will become more evident.
By comparison with the NGOs I’ve worked in before, I sense that most email-exchangers among us retain a certain reserve. This seems a pity when (as Laloux expresses it) we have already created a collective intelligence with its own ‘safe space’. Thus — as my comment for 2018 — I believe we are now well equipped to share more openly-encouraging messages that build on our growing organisational self-confidence.