About John Lundin

JOHN LUNDIN (www.JohnLundin.com) Editor of The Democratic Daily, is a self-described "spiritual agitator" and the author of The New Mandala – Eastern Wisdom for Western Living, written in collaboration with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Journey to the Heart of the World, a spiritual and environmental novel written with the indigenous elders of la Sierra Nevada in Colombia. Rev. Lundin earned his Master’s Degree in theology from Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago, and teaches world religions and cross-cultural spirituality, and leads meditation workshops and spiritual growth retreats throughout the world.

“We Can’t Breathe” – Two Years After Sandy Hook

“I can’t breathe!” That was the cry of Eric Garner being chokeholed to death in New York City. “I can’t breathe!” That is the cry of our Earth Mother in the chokehold of manmade pollution. “We can’t breathe!” That is the cry of our brothers and sisters in the chokehold of … Continue reading

Sandy Hook – Our Children, Their Environment

This article originally appeared in The Democratic Daily on December 20, 2012. It is re-posted today because in a year little has changed – and the message is timeless. We cannot understand what happens in the universe. What is glorious in it is united with what is full of horror. What … Continue reading

What Should We Do In Syria?

I must confess that I have been guilty of sitting on the fence with respect to whether the United States should launch even a limited military strike against Syria, ostensibly in response to the chemical bombing of their own citizens. I have wanted to do two things: first, gather as … Continue reading

Climate Change – is it the Indigenous Peoples who have the answers?

Peoples who have lived in the same place for countless generations – the Amazon, perhaps, or the Arctic, or in la Sierra Nevada in Colombia – possess invaluable knowledge about living with climate change, and it is evolving all the time: SAO PAULO, 23 July – Climate change often seems … Continue reading

Trayvon, George, and the Samaritan

A lesson for this Sunday – The parable of the Good Samaritan In the Gospel of Luke, the parable is introduced by a question, known as the Great Commandment: Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said … Continue reading

The Boy Scouts and Gays: What Would Jesus Do?

“The essential element in Christianity as it was preached by Jesus and as it is comprehended by thought, is this, that it is only through love that we can attain to communion with God. All living knowledge of God rests upon this foundation: that we experience Him in our lives … Continue reading

Tipping Points

“Tipping Point” – Recently I have been struck by how many times I have heard that term lifted up. I heard it in reference to our atmosphere passing beyond the “tipping point” of 400 parts per million CO2. Climate change has happened – we’ve passed the tipping point. I saw … Continue reading

Gun Control and Terminal Absurdity

The internet is full of articles and video from today’s Senate testimony regarding gun violence. I can’t read them or watch them anymore. One after another the witnesses, both sane and insane, revealed what is wrong with America at the depths of its core: the conservative-liberal schism; our propensity for … Continue reading

Sandy Hook and Gun Control: Will This Time Be Different?

  It has now been one month since twenty 6-and-7-year-old children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The grief and outrage following this second deadliest school shooting in US history was predictable – and also perhaps different. Since the Columbine shooting in … Continue reading

7 Resolutions For a Better Earth in 2013

2013 is here, and everyone is busy making (or already breaking) their New Year’s resolutions. Mother Nature took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to share a few thoughts on how to improve the situation here on our planet with some New Year’s resolutions that should be taken … Continue reading