Category Archives: Writings on Spirituality and the Environment

Jacques Marquette: Legacy of a Black Robe

from Marquette Monthly December, 2013 By Jon Magnuson Today marks our winter’s first snowfall. Late afternoon. I’m standing with a steaming mug of arabica from Dead River Coffee alongside a statue of Father Jacques Marquette, twenty-four feet high, cast in … Continue reading

Arctic Drums & Dreams

Arctic Drums & Dreams is from Indian Country Today June, 2013 A brief journey in the spirit world of the Innupiat By Jon Magnuson The plane trip north from Seattle is always a memorable one, skirting along edges of jagged … Continue reading

A Healing Time: Honoring the spirit of the cedar

from Marquette Monthly December, 2012 By Jon Magnuson As remote Northern Michigan cabins are boarded up for the winter, local stores open doors with discount Christmas sales and holiday lights are strung across neighborhood porches. Deep in forests across the … Continue reading

The Good Grain

The Good Grain is from The Christian Century September 26, 2012 By Jon Magnuson Ahead of me, stumbling down an embankment, a 16-year-old boy drags a 50-pound bag of recently harvested rice seed toward the river bank. He’s a volunteer … Continue reading

The Lighthouse

By Shahar Madjar MD MBA A small group of nurses, doctors, and other health professional meet yearly at the beautiful lighthouse in Big Bay. They call these meetings the ‘Janus Project’. They sit around a long oval dining table and … Continue reading

Witness: A personal account of local efforts to stop the Kennecott Eagle Project mine, by Jon Magnuson

Witness: A personal account of local efforts to stop the Kennecott Eagle Project Mine is from Marquette Monthly December, 2011 Jogging down the stairs at Heathrow Airport to the underground train running to London, I carry in my overnight luggage … Continue reading

Economics and Spirit of Place

Economics and Spirit of Place is from The Mining Journal September 19, 2011 To the Journal editor: This week the Mining Journal reported, as a lead story, Inghan County Judge Paula J. M Manderfield’s denial of a request for an … Continue reading

Earth Notes

from The Mining Journal April 22, 2011 To the Journal editor: Healthy religious communities, especially here in the Upper Peninsula, hold at the center of convictions a respect for individual conscience. That’s one of the reasons for the “quietism” of … Continue reading

Earth Gifts

from Marquette Monthly December, 2010 A secret of the living dance “I go around pitying myself, but forget I am being carried across the sky by a Great Wind.” —Ojibway saying   These are uncertain times. Jobs are hard to … Continue reading

Human Rights, Rio Tinto and the Integrity of Protest

In the contentious battle unfolding around a proposed sulfide mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the particular focus of intense opinion depends, of course, on whom you’re listening to. Most of the pro and con arguments are based in science and economics. Lost in most public debate is any reference to the moral implications of this heated public controversy. Continue reading