Earth Keeper Initiative: Five Part video series on famed scholar/author Dr. Walter Brueggeman

Five part video series from Earth Keeper TV:

Biblical scholar and author Dr. Walter Brueggemann

talks in northern Michigan during Oct. 2007

(Marquette, Michigan) – Noted Bible Scholar and prolific author Dr. Brueggemann spoke at Northern Michigan University (NMU) in Marquette and Bethany Lutheran Church in Ishpeming to standing room only crowds of over 500 people on October 8 and 9.

The noted theologian visited Lutheran Campus Ministry near NMU and gave a workshop for clergy at Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette.

Dr. Brueggemann said historically greed, disregard for the environment and “the violation of the ten commandments will lead to the dismantling of creation.”

An expert and prolific author on the Old Testament, Brueggemann quote numerous biblical verses and described the prophets of the time as “poets” who warned about the greedy abuse of nature because people must “view the environment as God’s gift that requires responsible management.”

Bringing humor and simple explanations to complex scripture, Dr. Brueggemann’s animated translations invoked passion, laughter, and stunned silence that was often punctuated with crescendos, whispers and dramatic gestures like a fist in the air or hands clutching his head.

“Every national security state works itself to destruction – never learning in time the limits to acquisitiveness and giving full rein to satiation,” Brueggemann said Monday night (Oct. 8, 2007) at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

Dr. Brueggemann’s ecumenical public talks are reflected in his personal life. Brueggemann is a member of the United Church of Christ, teaches at a Presbyterian Seminary, and worships in an Episcopal congregation.

The standing room only crowd clapped when he tied abuse of the environment to the proposed sulfide mine near Lake Superior in Marquette County by stating abused land will not produce in the future.

“What this poet knows is that absentee ownership and agribusiness – and you can extrapolate the word mining – I don’t know much about it but I know that much – will simply refuse to produce when the land becomes a tradeable commodity and is no longer caressed, and honored and treated with its own particular creation magic,” Brueggemann said. “The land requires ownership that is partnership and without such partnership creation loses its interest in fruitfulness.”

In an interview following his talk, Brueggemann said while he doesn’t know the all the details about the proposed sulfide mine he has done “some reading on the crisis of the proposed mining initiative” in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

“It is obviously a case in which the well being of the environment and the well being of the neighborhood are being subordinated to economic interests,” Brueggemann said.

“In the bible, the economy is, according to the Torah, kept subordinated to the well being of the neighborhood,” Brueggemann said. “This seems to me a case in which economic interests want to overpower the concerns of the neighborhood.”

“From the perspective of biblical faith, that is always a loser,” Brueggemann said.

Rev. Warren Geier, pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Ishpeming, said in all Dr. Brueggemann’s talks the theologian “highlighted that God’s intention for the world, as articulated in the Ten Commandments, is that we live in relationship with God and with the neighbor.”

This can’t be done without respect and care for the ‘neighborhood’ which is the earth, God’s gift of creation,” said Geier, who organized Brueggemann’s U.P. visit.

Brueggemann “emphasized the need the tell the truth, not to deny reality and pretend things are other than they are,” Geier said.

“This is done in order to get to hope, the realization that there is another way that counters ways that seem unchangeable – to use Dr. Brueggemann’s words: ‘The data on the ground is not the final truth; it’s outflanked by the fidelity of God. There are new gifts to be given’,” Geier said.

The visit by Dr. Brueggemann was co-sponsored by Lutheran Campus Ministry, the interfaith NMU EarthKeeper Student Team, the NMU departments of Philosophy and English, the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Bethany Lutheran Church in Ishpeming.

Brueggemann’s visit “was another way we like to continue our (environmental) work and invite other people into our community so that we can learn from them and continue to grow in our knowledge about theology and creation and the environment as well,” said Jennifer Simula, the NMU EK project director and a student leader with NMU Lutheran Campus Ministry.

Understanding the audience was filled with supporters of the environment, Brueggemann said he is “aware of the work of the Earth Keeper’s Covenant and so I already know that you are into these issues” describing his talk “simply as a reinforcement footnote to what all of you have already thought.”

Brueggemann participated in Bill Moyers acclaimed PBS television series on the Book of Genesis. A graduate of Elmhurst College, Professor Brueggemann studied at Eden Theological Seminary, receiving his Doctorate of Divinity from Union theological Seminary, New York, and a Ph.D from Saint Louis University.

Brueggemann was professor of Old Testament at Eden before joining the faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary in 1986. He is currently William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia.

Here is a five-part look at Theologian Dr. Walter Brueggemann’s insight into the Old Testament and the Ten Commandments – followed by a background stories recorded prior to his visit that details some of Dr. Brueggemann’s many accomplishments:

Part 1: 

Part 2:

Part 3: 

Part 4: 

Part 5: 

Preview story about Dr. Brueggemann and his many accomplishments:

Earth Keeper TV (Blip TV) Links Parts 1 thru 5:

http://blip.tv/file/435636/
http://blip.tv/file/449926/
http://blip.tv/file/451039/
http://blip.tv/file/456324/
http://blip.tv/file/457198/

Preview stories:

http://blip.tv/file/399108/
http://blip.tv/file/414536/


You Tube – EK TV Parts 1 thru 5:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBjnpjqLlkk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfkyUApXPoM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB8iN7q2BFc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C_myu2VI-w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTQIFCHFeJM

Preview stories on
EKTV:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkRkfc2ISCI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjHubhK9wfM

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I am a news reporter, writer and investigative journalist and began my career about 40 years ago as a young teenager in Augusta, GA after moving south during the middle of high school. I'm a news reporter, writer & investigative journalist specializing in street news, plus Indigenous, civil rights & environment reporting. Currently volunteer media advisor for numerous American Indian & environment related nonprofits that include the Navajo Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, AZ & its executive director Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute (CTI) in Marquette, MI & its many projects founded by Rev. Jon Magnuson, Author Joy Ibsen of Trout Creek, MI, Celtic Christianity Today (CCT) founded by Rev. Dr. George Cairns, the Turtle Island Project founded by pastors Hubbard & Cairns. In its third summer, the CTI Zaagkii Wings & Seeds Project & its volunteers built a16-foot geodesic dome solar-powered greenhouse that was built in this summer at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) in an effort to restore native species plants to northern Michigan. It's located at the tribe's Natural Resources Department north of L'Anse along Lake Superior. During the summer of 2010, Zaagkii Project teens built & painted 25 beautiful reliquaries that are boxes made from pine & cedar that are used to store seeds for planting & included samples of Native American medicine including sweetgrass, cedar, sage & tobacco. From April-June 2009, I promoted the EarthKeeper Tree Project that planted 12,000 trees across northern Michigan. Co-edited "Unafraid," the second book by Author Joy Ibsen of Trout Creek, MI that was printed in May 2009 based on her father's handwritten sermons she found in shoebox. I edited numerous videos for nonprofit CCT. Began career 35 years ago as teenager in Augusta, GA after moving south during middle of high school. I was co-coordinator of the 1986 original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA, where the Godfather of Soul was always trashed by local media who didn't report anything positive about the music icon. Mr. Terence Dicks was the other co-coordinator & most recently served as chair of the Augusta Human Relations Commission and serves on the Georgia Clients Council. Mr. Brown taught us to "fight the good fight" by battling all forms of racism & evil while not uttering a bad word about those who try to block justice, respect, fairness & kindness to all. As a child, I lived in the Harbert, Michigan home built by late poet Carl Sandburg, where the legendary author penned some of his greatest works including his Chicago works & Lincoln papers. The four-story home had a sundeck on the top & a cool walk-in safe in the basement. The neighborhood (Birchwood) has numerous cottages used for other purposes by Sandburg like the milk house where they milked goats. My parents remodeled fourth floor of the home that stands atop the Lake Michigan sand dunes/bluffs. They found items that belonged to Mr. Sandburg concealed in the walls including prescription bottles with his name, reading glasses, & a small, thin metal stamp with his name. I've worked for dozens of newspapers & radio & TV stations in GA & MI. I'm volunteer media advisor for several interfaith environmental projects involving Native Americans across Upper Peninsula of MI including the Turtle Island Project, The Zaagkii Project, the Interfaith Earth Healing Initiative, EarthKeeper Initiative & the Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project. The Zaagkii Wings & Seeds Project restores bee & butterfly habitat to help pollination of plants following death of billions of bees. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community youth & Marquette teens built butterfly houses, planted/distributed 26,000 native plants to help pollinators. The Earth Healing Initiative assisted EPA Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge. EHI helped organize interfaith participation across eight states for the 100 plus recycling projects (April 2008) involving recycling millions of pounds of electronic waste & proper disposal of millions of pills/pharmaceuticals. EPA goals were exceeded by 500%. Under an EPA grant, EHI provided free media services for the cities/groups/tribes including videos & press releases. The EarthKeeper environment projects include an annual Earth Day Clean Sweep (2005-2007) at 24 free drop-off sites across a 400 mile area of northern Michigan that collected over 370 tons of household hazardous waste. The 2007 EarthKeeper Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep collected over one ton of drugs plus $500,000 in narcotics in only three hours. Some 2,000 residents participated & many brought in pharmaceuticals for their family, friends & neighbors. In 2006, 10,000 people dropped off over 320 tons of old/broken computers, cell phones & other electronic waste, all of which was recycled. In 2005, residents turned in 45 tons of household poisons & vehicle batteries. The Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project teaches teens to respect nature & themselves by having American Indian guides escort them to remote lakes & streams in northern Michigan to plant/care for wild rice. The teens test water quality to determine the best conditions for the once native grain to survive. The Turtle Island Project was co-founded in July 2007 by Rev. Lynn Hubbard of Rock Point, AR (Ex. Dir. of the Navajo Lutheran Mission) & Rev. Dr. George Cairns of Chesterton, IN, United Church of Christ minister & research professor for the Chicago Theological Seminary. TIP promotes respect for culture & heritage of indigenous peoples like American Indians. TIP is a platform for American Indians to be heard unedited by whites. Rev. Hubbard says whites don't have the knowledge or right to speak on behalf of Native Americans. I specialize in civil rights, outdoor, environmental, cops & courts reporting thanks to my late mentor Jay Mann (Jan Tillman Hutchens), an investigative reporter in Augusta, who lived by the books "Illusions" & "Jonathon Livingston Seagull." Love to fish, hunt, camp & skydive. Belong to Delta Chi national fraternity. I was active in Junior Achievement, band played cornet. With my dear friend, the Rev. Terence A. Dicks, we were the co-coordinators of the 1986 original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA, where the Godfather of Soul was always trashed by the local media who found no reasons to print or report anything positive about the music icon. I am honored to help the human rights activist Terence Dicks - with some of his projects including the nonprofit Georgia Center for Children and Education - and the economic initiative he founded titled "Claiming A Street Named King." I am the volunteer media advisor for several environmental projects across Michigan's Upper Peninsula including EarthKeeper II - an Initiative of the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, MI. EarthKeepers II is an Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Goals: Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins like Airborne Mercury in cooperation with the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. Forest Service, 10 faith traditions and Native American tribes like the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Previously known as the Earth Keeper Initiative - that project included many environmental projects including an annual Earth Day Clean sweep at two dozen free drop off sites across a 400 mile area of northern Michigan. The target of the 2007 Earth Keeper Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep are all kinds of medicines. In 2006, some 10,000 people dropped off over 320 tons of old/broken computers, cell phones and other electronic waste, all of which was recycled. In 2005, residents turned in 45 tons of household poisons and vehicle batteries. The Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project taught at-risk teens (just sentenced in juvenile court) to respect nature and themselves by having American Indian guides escort them to very remote lakes and streams in northern Michigan to plant and care for wild rice. The teens conducted water quality and other tests to determine the best conditions for the once native grain to survive. I have always specialized in civil rights, outdoor, environmental, cops and courts reporting thanks to my late mentor Jay Mann (Jan Tillman Hutchens), an investigative reporter in Augusta, who lived by the book "Illusions."
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