Only partly a Summer Series post.
The Ecubishop, a.k.a. the Right Reverend Christopher Epting, who is the national ecumenical and interreligious officer for the Episcopal Church, has a post about the why and how of Trinity Sunday that is short, sweet, and well worth a read.
As for my promised post with ecofeminist reflections on the Trinity by Ivone Gebara (Brazilian Catholic ecofeminist theologian), I am going to have to delay it. I re-read part of her essay on the Trinity last night and realized it was near to impossible just to give you a couple of paragraphs.
But as I was wandering about the Web (a dangerous occupation) I found some hot theological information.
JohnieB and other Connecticut people, it looks like Ivone Gebara is about to speak this week in Hartford! Check it out and double-check locally that I've got this right. Elizabeth Amoah (Ghanaian theologian, a senior member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians) is also on the program. Do not miss this! Gebara is one of those luminous, gentle, humorous people, not just a powerful intellect.
As it happens, some of the work I am doing this summer is about her and also Amoah (though I am looking more at Mercy Amba Oduyoye's work than Elizabeth Amoah's, but I have read much of what Amoah has written and I touch on her writings briefly) -- so if you go, take notes for me :-).
Also, all y'all, note that ecofeminism is a growing form of analysis and action in the South (as in Southern Hemiphere and region, not as in Southern U.S.) and not at all a preoccupation only in the North. There are wonderful theologians, economists, biologists, and other thinkers and activists operating from this perspective.
(Question: Are people interested in a few recommendations of what to read in the area of ecofeminism and more specifically ecofeminism and religion? I'd be happy to post some things once I get to California. I'll have my computer with me -- though less constant access to the 'net; probably a good thing...)
Some extra work has come up in the last day or so re: the Anti-Racism Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, which I chair, and I am also packing for my trip to California (where I will get more writing done, because I will be out of town away from the college, the diocese, and other local institutions and people) so things are suddenly even more busy.
I'll probably post some more music later today. Enjoy The Mamas and the Papas below (and, also below, swans, purple flowers, and reflections on love and justice and the Trinity) and do hear and meet Ivone Gebara and Elizabeth Amoah if you are anywhere near Hartford, Connecticut this week.