OneEarth Jubilee

Living Within Our One Planet’s Capacities
The decision before humankind is whether we live in a way that Earth can accommodate. OneEarth Jubilee offers both vision and practical ideas for how to do just that.
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What is OneEarth Jubilee?

In 2000, a group of us began a nonprofit, 501(c)3, organization,
inspired to action after reading the book by Ross and Gloria Kinsler,
The Biblical Jubilee and the Struggle for Life. The influence of Latin
America has been integral from our start, and today we are focused in three Jubilee Circles—in Chiapas, Mexico; San Mateo (Puebla), Mexico; and San Diego, California.

San Diego to San Cristobal flight

What We Do

Our work is primarily three-fold: (1) Education, (2) Reaching out to others to be part of the OneEarth Jubilee movement, and (3) Organizing activities.
The work emanating from our Jubilee Circles is described in a small 64-page book entitled simply, Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet. It is available in English and Spanish. We work at the intersection of ecology, economics, and spirituality, insisting on the powers of creation amidst commodification of nature, and the powers of being truly human amidst dehumanization.

More specifically, our actions include:

  • Empowering women in Mexico so they can generate income
  • Tutoring and teaching children and parents
  • Delivering medical services and healthcare
  • Demystifying laws used to oppress and teaching rights
  • Creating monthly episodes for the Simpler OneEarth Living podcast
  • Write books
  • Give workshops and presentations in congregations and on campuses
  • Organize OneEarth Travel Seminars from the U.S. to Mexico

We see abundance where others see scarcity and austerity. We see promise and vitality in the bounty of living within the limits of what economic activity can be done on One Earth, rather than living as if there were many earths to do our business.

If You Want to Take a Next Step toward OneEarth Living in Your Home, Organization, or Business, But Need More Fine Tuning and Support ...

contact us, john@jubilee-economics.com or lee@jubilee-economics.com. We’ll listen to what you want to do and freely offer any information, connections, and support that we may know about. There is no charge for this contact. We urgently want to connect with people who want to realign life and society to fit within our planet’s abundant capacities. We know that many homes, churches, schools, organizations, and businesses have a ways to go. And if you have an idea, and you want to act on it, let’s connect.

The Manna Jar—Strong Symbol of Creation-Based Economy of Enough

The Manna Jar is a core symbol of Jubilee Economics because it comes from a story when people learned to live creation-based lives instead of empire-based lives (see Exodus 16). The story of manna in the wilderness is not about the miracle of some kind of bread showing up mysteriously every morning— as commonly taught. It is far more radical. It presents conversion from using more than our share to sharing in common. Conversion from thinking that making astute economics decisions to get more money and more power are most important, to economic thinking of enough for all living beings, and living within our planet’s abundance. The manna story puts spiritual Presence at the heart of daily economic practice, which is to say, there is a spiritual energy at work in the universe to provide life for all beings when we live a creation-based economy and paradigm.

So looking at the Manna Jar, how do we answer questions like: How can we survive without industrial agriculture? How can we live apart from the urban environments where resources and power are centered? What does creation-centered living look like? Is it living in perpetual scarcity and austerity? Is there ever abundance? How can we live with enough when the economy aiming for endless growth shapes us for more? Does greed really have to sabotage caring and sharing?

(You can get a Manna Jar for $30 plus shipping.)

Click to read an article by Paul Taylor and Lee Van Ham, “How Much Is Enough? The Living Symbol of the Manna Jar,” published in the May 2020 newsletter of Faith and Money Network, Washington, D.C.

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