by Rev. Pratima Dharm, Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Montclair
The different religious traditions of the world call us to the practice of spiritual disciplines like fasting, silence, solitude, abstaining from things in the physical world, or service to the marginalized in order to move closer to our connection with the holy or the sacred, God or simply connecting with our own spiritual selves or spirituality.
We’ve been hearing scientific assessments that there has been a massive loss of insects worldwide over the past few decades.
My recent personal experience fits right in with this: when I was a child, driving a few miles in the desert or mountains resulted in a windshield covered in the splattered bodies of unfortunate flying insects, but a trip last month all the way to the Grand Canyon only required washing the windshield once. Numbers are clearly down, but diversity is also being affected.