This has been a busy fall, and only now have I had the opportunity to post the September Update. Here’s some of what happened – a month with a good kind of busy!
- In late September I gave a lecture on “Evolutionary Culture/Transformational Festivals” at the Winnipeg Prophecy Conference (Winnipeg, Manitoba). While the subject is little known in Christian circles, it does represent an important turning point in Western culture. That is, these events – like Burning Man, Lightning-in-a-Bottle, Sonic Bloom, Lucidity and the Evolve Festival – are celebrations and gatherings that mirror the worldview already held by the masses; humanity is evolving upward, our collective consciousness is expanding, we are realizing our divinity through creativity and the group experience. All is One. If you want to better understand this movement, read the August 2013 edition of Forcing Change.
- Spoke at Good News Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on a Sunday morning. The topic: Fearing God (and yes, “fear” means “fear” – how could it not? – read Isaiah 40 and consider the implications of God’s power compared to Man’s short life).
- Spent some time working on my manuscript, a process that continually challenges myself as I learn, write, edit, re-think, re-edit… save. And then, in hastily closing my word processing software, I realized I had accidentally hit “don’t save” instead of “save”… Noooooo… much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Alas; learn, write, edit, save!
- Radio shows I found myself on: Caravan to Midnight, Spiritual Encounters, and VFTB.
- Took one weekend with my wife, daughter and a friend, and drove to Minneapolis to attend the Renaissance Festival and hang out at the Mall of America for an afternoon. For those who don’t know what a Renaissance Festival is, it’s exactly what the name implies; a huge outdoor festival built around the theme of the Renaissance period and the medieval era. Knights in shining armor joust, pirates and jesters wander through the crowds, hovel-styled shops line the streets with vendors of all types, and comedy acts – some with an edgier side – and folk musicians and jugglers and knife throwers take to sixteen stages. Something different!
- Because of the Winnipeg Prophecy Conference we were blessed to spend time with many good friends, and make new acquaintances. I’m amazed by the friendships that have developed through Christian conferences, allowing us to connect with people from all over North America and beyond, and how those friendships have solidified and deepened over the years.
- Visiting around campfires, enjoying sushi with family, some wonderful feeds of wild mushrooms, fishing for an evening, exploring Riding Mountain National Park with friends from Iowa, dinning at one of our favourite restaurants – T.R. McKoy’s in Wasagaming – and watching the Northern Lights dance and the trees change to Fall colours…
- Marilyn Johnson, This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (Harper, 2010).
- Diana Norman, The Stately Ghosts of England (Dorset Press, 1977).
The following is an excerpt from the August edition of Forcing Change magazine. In this edition, Carl Teichrib writes about his research during the year 1995, a pivotal time in many ways.
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Towards a Global Green Constitution
A flood of other materials came into my possession in 1995, much of it circling around environmentalism as a paradigm changer.
One was the report from the 1990 World Environment Energy and Economic Conference (WEEEC), also known as World ‘90. Sponsored by the Government of Manitoba, UNESCO, and the International Council of Associations for Science Education, the theme for this event was telling; “Sustainable Development Strategies and the New World Order.”
Over 3000 delegates and high-level representatives from around the world attended to flesh out economic, management, and educational themes in relationship to sustainable development. The purpose? To finalize an official Manitoba protocol on the environment and thus influence the then upcoming United Nations Rio Earth Summit, and to identify curriculum goals and teaching strategies for proper global citizenship, which would be forwarded to the UNESCO 2000+ project.
The title of the final report mirrored the conference theme, Sustainable Development for a New World Agenda. Chapter two chilled me: “Towards A Global Green Constitution.”
“The issues are not about if a global politics is necessary. The question is how do we achieve binding agreements in Law complete with effective pro- grams for applying sanctions against non-compliance that would oblige each nation, regardless of size, to abide by a set of principles that are required to guarantee the survival of life on this earth. Perhaps we will find that there is no other alternative to a system of rigid controls that some would equate to a police state. Unfortunately, in order to save the planet from biocide, there have to be very powerful constraints from doing the ‘wrong’ things. The constraints must transcend national boundaries, be world-around and enforceable…”
A globally accepted enforcement agency, the chapter explained, “would need the power to act without being invited by the offending nation.” Non-compliance would invite sanctions, but “if sanctions do not work, then physical occupation and the installation of a World Trusteeship would be imposed upon the offending nations.”
The heart of Chapter 2 was the idea of a “Global Green Constitution,” an ethical and legal contract for global citizenship; “The Constitution would need to be the world- around political expression of a radical new value system; values that ensure a sustainable society…”
Under the subheading of “Social Justice,” it was explained that this new ethic would enshrine the “principle of global economic equality” through a system of “Energy Ac- counting” with engineered, predetermined amounts of energy allocated to each human being. Resources such as oil have peaked, it was said, and an innovative green ac- counting system was needed for the planet – roughly paralleling what the Technocracy movement from the 1930s advocated. Moreover, if we want to make this architecture of “Social Justice” efficient and feasible, then a “global policy of one child per family” would have to be implemented.
Protecting the planet was paramount; dehumanized wilderness zones would have to be established, after all, “it is the human population that needs management, not wildlife.” And tolerance, according to this section of the WEEEC report, would be imposed as a “Human Right,”
“Popular or not, green governments will oppose any culture if it proves to be prejudicial by reasons of gender, age, colour, race, religion, belief, sexual orientation, mental or physical condition, marital status, family composition, source of income, political belief, nationality, language preference, or place of origin.”
It was suggested that this Global Green Constitution would be signed by nation states and the United Nations, with the UN given management powers over “the global commons” – oceans and offshore fisheries, sea mounts, and trans-boundary fresh water, the atmosphere, and space.
Chapter 2 also placed a heavy emphasis on educating children.
“A massive and persuasive educational effort is required to develop a global perspective among the people of each nation state. Each nation’s degree of dedication to educating the people would be the first indication of green government.”
Other parts of the report echoed the importance of education; “Curriculum needs to emphasize values education, incorporating – on a need to know basis – knowledge, conceptual learning and skills.”
The task of educators would thus have to be re-configured; “The role of the teacher will inevitably have to change. They will become more involved in facilitating changes of attitudes and guiding students to gain values…”
Here at the WEEEC was an introduction to the concept of One World. It was the by-product of a Oneness worldview, fashioned as a coercive-styled global government operating under the pretext of stemming a planetary environmental breakdown, complete with a Technocracy-oriented green-energy economic order, wealth redistribution in the name of Social Justice, enforced political correctness under the guise of “human rights,” and the modification of beliefs and values to fit this New Age.
Yes, it’s almost mid-September, and while the calender says one thing, I was hoping August had only temporarily hid itself and was secretly getting ready to jump out from behind the calender and say, “see, it’s not autumn, I’m still here!” Alas, August is having a hard time showing up… “sigh”… now that it’s “September” and we’ve had frost warnings, I need to tell you what transpired during the summer-like month of August.
- Spent time working on two major undertakings: First, my ongoing manuscript project, which uses the theme of Oneness as the central point of discussion and exploration – including cultural and political aspects of this rising worldview. Second, a Google Maps-based project that pins the locations of transformational festivals and events in Canada and the US. After presenting on “evolutionary culture” this summer at different speaking venues, and talking to a friend who’s a worldview researcher, I was encouraged to begin visually plotting where these events take place. When the map is complete, it will literally be a graphic image that demonstrates the reality of the spiritual shift happening in our continent.
- Gave a presentation on differing religions to a staff meeting at Valley View Bible Camp. As so many alternative spiritual beliefs have entered the religious “marketplace of ideas,” it is important to first know what and why we as a Christian believe, and then to grasp what others believe so we can interact with a measure of knowledge and respectfully engage as a Christian witness.
- As the end of August was the Burning Man event in the desert of north-western Nevada, I kept my eyes and ears on the live feed of the Burn and spent time interacting with the Burn community in Second Life. Yes, I have wanted to go to the event for years, but was unable to – maybe next year… I also had contacts on-site in Nevada, so there was some important information being shared during the week-long gathering. It is important to note that Burning Man is the most influential transformational festival/event in the Western world, and outwardly represents what is inwardly shifting in our cultural/spiritual landscape.
- Worked on pulling together articles as part of a front-end editing job I do quarterly for Hope For The World Update.
- Radio Shows: I gave two interviews during the month of August, both on the topic of transformational culture and the spiritual underpinnings of Oneness. The first show was with Love For The Truth Radio, and the second was the now annual program with Remnant-X-Radio on the topic of Burning Man.
- A large part of the month was helping a friend move his household from rural Manitoba to Ottawa, Ontario. This required days of packing, picking up a rental truck in North Dakota, installing air shocks on a second truck, and then sloowwly moving our overloaded units through the rock and lake country of Northern Ontario. But it was a fun adventure! While my friend drove one truck and I the other (mine had a 26 foot box and pulled a car on a dolly), we each listened to an audio book – “Democracy in America,” by Alexis de Tocqueville – and discussed it along the way. At night my friend slept in the moving truck, and I stretched out in the back of the car-in-tow. And as two large dogs were part of our crew, we had to stop and stretch our legs, which often meant picking wild raspberries and rose hips along the road. A few parts of the trip were a little stressful; like working from 2 AM to 5 AM trying to turn the rig around in a too-tight yard that was sloped on all sides (lots of jacking, blocking, unhooking…), watching the speedometer fall to 30-kmh as my too heavy truck groaned up long hills (“don’t die on my now Mr. Transmission…”), and having to wedge and weave the truck and trailer through very tight spaces – including an insanely narrow tree-lined lane and an overcrowded Costco parking lot. But we made it to Ottawa… with less then two hours before my flight back to Manitoba!
- Our daughter worked as a Cabin Leader for a couple of weeks in a local Bible camp. This was a learning experience as her first group of girls pushed the limits from the first day onward, but she pulled through with a new appreciation for the strength and wisdom that comes from trusting God. Our son continued his summer working for one of Canada’s largest railroad companies, doing track repair and service work across eastern Manitoba and north-western Ontario. And my good wife spent much of the month working shifts at a local senior home.
- We were blessed in August to enjoy fresh vegetables from the garden, and as I enjoy mushroom picking, we had a couple of good feeds on wild fungi!
- We were saddened by the death of a dear church friend, a man I’ve known since my childhood, and one who always took the time to encourage others.
- John N. Oswalt, The Bible Among The Myths (Zondervan, 2009).
- Robert M. Geraci, Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life (Oxford University Press, 2014).
By Carl Teichrib
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Since the dawn of the Twentieth Century there has seemingly been no end to dreams of one-world and collective cooperation. Advocates and supporters of “world order” have been legion; from H.G. Wells and Bertrand Russell to Mikhail Gorbachev, Ted Turner, Hillary Clinton, and the current United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. Although the visions and applications of one-world have shifted and morphed with each generation, adapting to changing political realities, the desire for internationalism has nevertheless remained. Concepts of “world citizenship,” “global governance,” and “world federalism” have impacted our thinking, politics, and culture. Indeed, the cry for “world government” has been heralded by influential personalities for more than 125 years.
Structurally speaking, “world government” requires a number of interlocking components; A world parliamentary system with the ability to make international laws, a world court and other judicial mechanisms, global enforcement powers, and a world tax or some other monetary agreement to pay for it all. Of course, nations would need to agree in giving up some of their sovereignty – or in more acceptable terms, to “pool sovereignty.” All of the above has been debated and considered by groups like the World Federalist Movement, an organization that helped birth the International Criminal Court.
Of all the differing components, the concept of a “world police” to enforce the will of the international community has been one of controversy and practicality. Controversy in that the full extent of the idea requires a global force operating under the command of an authority outside of the control of any single national government, and practical in that ad-hoc “collective security” forces and regional military coalitions have come together to meet the challenge of aggressors. The Allies of World War II is one example of a limited “world force,” and at that time, many internationalists had hopes the Allies would transform their combined national military units into a permanent arm of the “United Nations.” Such a “big idea” never saw fruition.
Nevertheless, the dream of a UN world force – and the more practical workings of regional military systems like NATO – demonstrates the longevity of the “collective security” ideal, that nations, regions, and potentially the world can “enforce peace.”
In order to grasp the depth of this idea, and how it has changed over the decades, the following article walks you through the last century and into our time period. It is important to note that this timeline only touches on a few examples, and that those given are not always the largest developments, but all point to the fact that the international community continues to seek a “collective” solution to “peace.”
Finally, this short timeline is excerpted from in-depth reports on the subject published in the online journal, Forcing Change. The full documentation can be found in select Forcing Change editions.
1910: During his Nobel Lecture, Theodore Roosevelt advocated for world federalism.
“I cannot help thinking that the Constitution of the United States, notably in the establishment of the Supreme Court and in the methods adopted for securing peace and good relations among and between the different states, offers certain valuable analogies to what should be striven for in order to secure, through the Hague courts and conferences, a species of world federation for international peace and justice.”
Roosevelt added: “Each nation must keep well prepared to defend itself until the establishment of some form of international police power…”
He noted that a combination of countries working together might be the most acceptable way of obtaining this goal, and that “the ruler or statesman” who could bring these dreams to fruition would receive “the gratitude of all mankind.”
1914 (October 18): The New York Times published an interview with the President of Columbia University, Nicholas Murray Butler, during which time Butler admits that the “international organization of the world already has progressed much farther than is ordinarily understood.”
Butler told Times readers,
“…the time will come when each nation will deposit in a world federation some portion of its sovereignty for the general good. When this happens it will be possible to establish an international executive and an international police, both devised for the especial purpose of enforcing the decisions of the international court.”
1919: In Berne, Switzerland, the Independent Labour Party held a meeting with the Socialist International on “International Socialism and World Peace.” The Berne Conference called on the League of Nations to act as a global agency for military re-structuring and world organization; “The League of Nations should abolish all standing armies, and finally bring about complete disarmament… The League of Nations should create an International Court, which, by means of mediation and arbitration, would settle all disputes…”
1924: Philanthropist Edward Bok published a collection of 20 best plans for “world peace.” Ideas included an Organization of Scientists to oversee world affairs, the advocacy of a “unity in religions,” an organization for international Free Trade, an International Criminal Court, national courts operating under world law, and the establishment of an international bureau of education.
One proposal, number 6, outlawed war through a Declaration of Interdependence; pledging allegiance to world peace, education through “universal training in world citizenship,” the establishment of a World Court of International Justice, and an “Interdependent Force of Peace Police.”
1939: The first edition of Clarence Streit’s highly influential book, Union Now, was published. As Europe found itself engulfed in Hitler’s fires, Streit’s book offered a vision for world order: a Union of Democracies.
Streit recommended a “Union of the North Atlantic,” including a “union of government and citizenship,” “a union customs-free economy,” “a union money,” and a union “postal and communications system.” This Union was to form “a nucleus world government” with a “union defence force.” As Streit wrote; “Our Union, we have seen, would be even more powerful in other respects. It would enjoy almost monopoly world control of such war essentials as rubber, nickel, iron, oil, gold and credit…”
In short time, the Union Now book turned into a campaign and an organization, Federal Union Incorporated. By 1941, Federal Union had offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, India, and Argentina. Later the group changed its name to the Association to Unite the Democracies, and in 2004 it became The Streit Council for a Union of Democracies. During World War II, Streit’s work influenced politicians and key personalities, including pioneers of NATO and the European Union.
1946: Speaking at Westminster College (Fulton, Missouri), former Prime Minister Winston Churchill endorsed a world force operating through the United Nations Organization (UNO).
“A world organization has already been erected for the prime purpose of preventing war, UNO, the successor of the League of Nations… I have, however, a definite and practical proposal to make for action. Courts and magistrates may be set up but they cannot function without sheriffs and constables. The United Nations Organisation must immediately begin to be equipped with an international armed force… I propose that each of the Powers and States should be invited to delegate a certain number of air squadrons to the service of the world organisation… They would not be required to act against their own nation, but in other respects they would be directed by the world organization.”
Then in 1947, speaking at Albert Hall, London, Churchill appealed for world government.
“The creation of an authoritative, all-powerful world order is the ultimate aim towards which we must strive. Unless some effective World Super-Government can be set up and brought quickly into action, the prospects for peace and human progress are dark and doubtful.”
1953: A compilation of US-based polls from 1939 to 1953 indicated that American citizens overwhelmingly supported the idea of a world body with “an international force to maintain world peace.”
1939 1947 1953
Yes 46% 75% 56%
No 39% 17% 30%
No opinion 15% 8% 14%
1958: The British Government’s White Paper on Defence stated: “The ultimate aim must be comprehensive disarmament by all nations, coupled with comprehensive inspection and control by a world authority.”
Following up on the White Paper, ten Conservative Members of Parliament published a report titled, A World Security Authority? A three-stage process was advocated to achieve total disarmament and the creation of a World Security Authority and World Police Force, complete with nuclear weapons to deter rogue nations from launching a surprise attack against the world authority.
1960: The Soviet Union proposed a three-stage world disarmament program, with Stage 3 culminating in “general and complete disarmament” of all nations. Countries could, under the Soviet plan, retain internal policing units to maintain domestic control. However, these national police units may be called to serve under the command and control of the United Nations Security Council if the need arose.
1961: In September, the US Department of State released Publication 7277, Freedom From War: The United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World.
This document essentially mirrored the Soviet three-stage general and complete disarmament program, including disbanding national forces with the exception of what’s needed for internal security. When the third stage was complete, the United Nations would be “sufficiently strong and the obligations of all states under such arrangements sufficiently far-reaching as to assure peace and the just settlement of differences in a disarmed world.”
According to Publication 7277, this meant the development of a progressively strengthened UN Peace Force. The bottom line under both the Soviet and American programs was this: Nations must diminish as the United Nations is empowered.
1962: A World Effectively Controlled by the United Nations was published by the Washington-based Institute for Defense Analysis, under contract by the US Department of State. The document outlined the creation of a UN international force of 500,000 men along with a nuclear force of 50-100 nuclear weapons. An International Court would provide the legal foundation, and the UN would have the power to tax.
1969: The United Nations Association of the USA hosted a panel on “Controlling Conflicts in the 1970s.” The panel recommended the creation of a 25,000 man United Nations stand-by force comprised of “land, sea and air units.”
1970: A congress of the World Association of World Federalists was held in Ottawa, Ontario. The WAWF, now known as the World Federalist Movement, was actively working to influence public policy toward accepting global order through an empowered United Nations. To that end, the congress recommended that a “standby UN peacekeeping force” be established.
1976: The Club of Rome, a prestigious group of world futurists, note that a strengthened UN Peace Force – placed within the context of a “democratized Security Council” – would be an important part of what they called the “new international order.” The Club of Rome also suggested that the United Nations create a World Disarmament Agency to “ensure world security.”
1982: The Independent Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues, also known as the Palme Commission after the fact that Olof Palme – former Prime Minister of Sweden – was its chairman, released its anticipated report, Common Security: A Blueprint for Survival. In analyzing the global security question, the Commission recommended the empowerment of the United Nations by granting the world body its own operational stand-by military forces. This, the report noted, would be part of a larger collective security system, including the building of regional security measures to complement the United Nations. The governments of Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden were the main financiers of the Commission, with extra funding coming from the Soviet Union, France, West Germany, and Great Britain.
1985: The World Federalists of Canada submitted a paper to the Special Joint Committee on Canada’s International Relations, calling for a “Common Security Alternative.” Recommendations to guide Canada’s foreign policy included commitments to world federalism. In the vein of common security, the World Federalists proposed the creation of an International Criminal Court and the development of a UN force “made up of individuals recruited directly to the UN.”
1992: UN Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, introduced An Agenda For Peace, a global call for common security with the recommendation that the UN be equipped with “peace-enforcement units.” Then, in 1995, he updated his Agenda with a call to create a UN rapid reaction force – a “strategic reserve” for the UN Security Council. This strategic reserve would be comprised on national military units, stationed in their respective home countries, but in a state of readiness to serve the United Nations upon demand.
1995: The Government of Canada finalized a major study titled Towards a Rapid Reaction Capability for the United Nations. In it the government recommended that a UN rapid-reaction military force, operational headquarters and basing, and satellite intelligence-gathering system be placed under the command of the UN Secretary-General. Ideas on how to pay for this rapid reaction force included a tax on international currency transfers and a special surcharge on airline tickets. Recognizing the sweeping nature of their global security concept, the report reminded its readers that “today’s idealism may readily become tomorrow’s realism.”
1996: Seven nations – Austria, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Sweden – founded the United Nations Standby High Readiness Brigade (SHIRBRIG), a multinational security organ working closely with the UN Secretariat. In December of that year, SHIRBRIG became operational and was headquartered in Denmark. However, the agreed upon command structure didn’t fulfill the dream of a UN-exclusive force. While it technically functioned under the United Nations, its use still required the consent of the participating national governments. Nevertheless, SHIRBRIG did see deployment during peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in Eritrea and the Ivory Coast (2000), Liberia (2003), and Sudan (2004-2005). It also worked closely with the African Union in developing the continent-wide African Standby Force.
In 2009 SHIRBRIG was dismantled, due in large part to participating governments seeking influence and positions within NATO and newly-formed European Union Battlegroups.
2000: In 2000, US Congressman Jim McGovern introduced H.R. 4453, The United Nations Rapid Deployment Police and Security Force Act. Although it didn’t create waves in Congress, it nevertheless became a rallying cry for World Federalists and other international-minded policy groups. The next year, McGovern introduced H.R. 938, a bill to allow the United Nations a functioning 6,000-man volunteer force under the direction of the UN Security Council.
2001: The United Nations-supported International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) released its report, The Responsibility to Protect. The direction given by ICISS launched a new global security doctrine: that if a nation cannot secure the safety of its own people, then the international community has the responsibility to overstep national sovereignty and intervene in the domestic crisis. Responsibility to Protect, also known as R2P, was the context under which NATO launched its military strikes in Libya to support the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. R2P as a context for potential intervention in Syria, and more recently in Nigeria and Iraq, has been considered.
2002: A transnational Working Group for a UN Emergency Peace Service was launched. Supported by the Ford Foundation and Simons Foundation, and organizations like the World Federalist Movement, this group met over the years to contemplate the possibility of a new security organ for the United Nations: a 15,000-man force dubbed the UN Emergency Peace Service. The UNEPS, if achieved, would be a permanent military arm of the UN Security Council and operate under UN command, have its own headquarters and regional bases, and be used in conjunction with existing UN peacekeepers and regional security forces. It would be a rapid reaction unit with the ability to deploy in a short time and have global reach, and it would be used in Responsibility to Protect missions.
In 2011 the Working Group released its final report, recommending that the UNEPS advocacy process continue and expand.
2007: Recognizing that previous UN rapid reaction projects and enhanced peacekeeping have historically been mired in bureaucratic red tape, high costs, and have suffered from lack of interest by major players like the United States, the Peace Operations Institute published a white paper on an alternative approach. Instead of a “supranational army under UN jurisdiction,” the focus should be on outsourcing rapid reaction muscle through private security companies. In other words, the UN Security Council should consider hiring private military contractors and integrating these elements into United Nations military and peacekeeping operations.
2014: With this year marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, and with tensions currently mounting in so many parts of the world, there has been a renewed interest in a variety of collective security ideas and capabilities; UN rapid reaction units, European Union battlegroups, African Union military forces, the role of NATO, and the use of Responsibility to Protect. Furthermore, in Russia and China there has been much posturing around their own regional security groups, the Collective Security Treaty Organization – and the ongoing development of its own rapid reaction force, and China’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Indeed, wars and rumours of war have marked our modern era. And as humanity cries for peace amidst the turmoil and strife of our times, the world seeks its own “collective security” solutions.
July was filled to the brim! Here’s the update for the first real month of summer.
- Spoke three times at the Pikes Peak Prophecy Summit in Colorado Springs, CO. My first presentation was on “evolutionary culture” – transformational festivals and the worldview represented in this planet-wide celebratory phenomena. The second talk was a broad survey of global oneness, starting with the Tower of Babel and extending the concept of collective unity into modern political, economic, religious and transhuman endeavors. My final talk was an overview of transhumanism and techno-deification, demonstrating that the notion of transhuman ascension parallels other attempts at self-salvation.
But the real highlight of the Summit was the time spent with the many people who attended; connecting in-person with social media friends, having wonderful and sometimes challenging conversations, and being encouraged and encouraging others.
- Took a little time to work on my manuscript. It’s coming along… very slowly!
- Worked on editing and putting together the July edition of Forcing Change magazine, which features a guest essay on secular humanism. However, due to the fact that the Pikes Peak Summit required a substantial amount of time in preparation and participation, the July edition wasn’t complete until after my return in early August.
- Did a “sit-down” style video recording of my presentation – “Is God Green?” After this project is edited and finalized, the completed DVD will be available for anyone interested in the subject of deep ecology and the Christian perspective of “green.”
- Radio interviews for the month included; The Janet Mefferd Show, Call to Rights (guest hosted by Chuck Coppes), VFTB (to be played in August), and I had the opportunity of doing an in-studio morning interview on Denver’s AM91 (which is located in a really cool castle on the north side of the metro-area).
- On July 8th Leanne and I celebrated 25 years of marriage! It was a nice day. We, along with our daughter, went to Winnipeg and spent time hanging out in Assiniboine Park, enjoyed a nice meal, and later picked up a good friend from the airport. I’ll grant that this doesn’t fit the typical idea of a marriage celebration, but it was a lot of fun, and the main point is that we had a great time together.
- Enjoyed Canada Day celebrations with friends in the town of Austin, Manitoba. For a small community (under 500 people), they put on an excellent fireworks display.
- A family friend from Indiana flew north to experience our Manitoba swarms of mosquitoes, and to visit the Teichrib home! For two weeks we were blessed to spend time visiting, laughing, and enjoying experiences together; including sailing on Clear Lake (thanks to the Dyck family), hiking in Spruce Woods Park, watching a bear ramble around in a friend’s yard, picking fresh strawberries and making jam, and just relaxing.
- Early in the month I participated in a day of paint-ball. What made this outing different was that it was set-up as a rookie introduction day. Experienced players and one old-timer (yours truly) were paired up with enthusiastic youth who were completely new to the sport. It reminded me how out of shape I really am! Besides the tactical, strategic, and action-oriented elements found in paint-ball that make the game so appealing, the sport has an interesting way of disclosing a person’s temperament, honesty, and sense of fair-play.
- Our daughter, Austin, spent a week with her “Aunt Joe” in Saskatchewan butchering chickens. This is the kind of activity that has largely been lost in our urbanized society, but it’s a good hands-on encounter with the food that’s put on the table.
- While in Colorado, Leanne, Austin, and myself took some time after the Summit to wander through the majestic Garden of the Gods, to visit the home of Adventures in Odyssey (Austin was just a tad-bit ecstatic), to hike around Helen Hunt Falls, and to explore the unique art shops in the tucked-away community of Manitou Springs.
- From the start of the month until the end, which found us in Colorado and North Dakota, we were excited about being reunited with old friends. Moreover, we were doubly blessed to make new ones along the way – a beautiful reminder that in Christ Jesus our “family” extends far beyond our little household.
From my friend, Clayton Jennings… where are you going?
June was busy but good. Here’s a breakdown of what transpired in our little world.
- Worked on the June issue of Forcing Change, which was completed at the end of the month. This edition examines present-day economic realities and considers the economic system most inline with a Biblical worldview.
- Spoke at the Learn To Discern Conference in Abbotsford, BC. This was an exhausting but wonderful time in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, interacting with attendees, other speakers, and being blessed with new research contacts and friendships.
- Spoke to a couple of small fellowships in the Interlake region of Manitoba; one in the community of St. Laurent, the other in the town of Gimli.
- Completed a quarterly editorial job for Hope For The World, the research/information ministry of Gary Kah.
- Radio shows: Did a fun yet serious six-part interview with Michael Boehm for his youth apologetics broadcast.
- Spring is always a time for mushrooms! So as the month progressed, and as the tasty wild morsels popped-up, they soon found their way to my plate… yummy!
- Spent some time in the woods. We have access to some heavily wooded property with a river and valley cutting it in two. It’s a great place for campfires, hiking, and just “getting away” for a while. So we did.
- Our son, Scott, had a heavy month of working for a national railway company. But it has been been a good experience, and it has allowed him to see some new country in Northern Ontario.
- Austin, our daughter, kept up with boxing lessons. She’s has a mean left-hook…
- And it rained, and rained, and rained. A lot of rain came down throughout the month of June, but it was during the last weekend of the month when things went from bad to out-of-control. Much of the province was hit with multiple inches – up to 6 and more in places – along with shrieking winds. Fields are underwater, ditches are overflowing, and bridges are washed out.
- In looking back over June, the realization is this: Between speaking engagements and writing assignments, there really wasn’t a lot of time for personal adventures. Hmmm… I’ll have to make it up in July!
- Nick Rosen, Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in America (Penguin, 2010).
- Frank Dikotter, Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 (Walker & Company, 2010).
- Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay (Scholastic, 2010).