Kim Min, SJ
In February this year, some scholastics started a Green Review readers’ meeting. Green Review is enjoying a great reputation among progressive intellectuals and activists as it touches many issues encompassing ecology, community movement, globalization, and education. It gives people the inspiration and insight for searching alternatives. It is why we wanted to organize a reading meeting.
Our meeting has two purposes. Firstly, we gather together to read a special journal named Green Review. Secondly, we want to stimulate our social imaginations through reading Green Review and sharing our experiences.
The Reader’s Society of Green Review – the name of our meeting – is not restricted only to reading Green Review only. We also invite some lecturers to share their experiences. For example, we plan to invite in August a resource person who develops ideas and possible financial assistance for a social organization that promotes social values and very open to hire marginalized people in its group. All activities are intended to stimulate our social and apostolic imagination, and prepare us for our future apostolic commitment.
The members of the group are five Jesuit scholastics and two sisters and we gather once a month. Generally, our meeting starts with summarizing one or two articles and then proceeding to sharing feelings and insights after reading the articles. Finally we talk about how to integrate these insights into our daily life.
The latest issue of Green Review (Issue No 129, 2013 3-4) discusses the following topics:
Colloquium on Korea’s enthusiasm on healing
In this section, four persons talk about Korea’s obsession with healing. Nowadays many Koreans are talking about healing and participants share their observations. They think that the enthusiasm for healing in Korea ironically reveals their psychological discomforts. Obsession for healing relates to the anomie situation in Korea.
How to build a ‘happy farming community’
Because of globalization and government’s weak response, farmers in Korea bitterly realize that they are totally marginalized. The author advises that we should reorganize local networks that include the local government, schools, and farmers. Through this network, farmers can sell their products to schools, prisons, and other government social welfare centers. This network will also strengthen their sense of solidarity with local communities.
Introduction to the German nuclear exit policy
After an earthquake and a tsunami crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant in March 2011 in Japan, many citizens in Korea are worried about the country’s high dependence on nuclear power. This article introduces the German nuclear exit policy that outlines the decision to entirely phase out the country’s nuclear industry by 2022.
Urban agriculture and Homo Economicus
Recently, some young activists began farming common land in Seoul. The author talks about a similar movement in Germany where urban agriculture using common land is rekindling a sense of solidarity in a village community.
Economy of donation
Garatani Kojin, a famous political scientist in Japan, said, “It is time to think about how to turn the economic system from an economy of exchange to an economy of donation.” This article summarizes Kojin’s reflection on the economy of donation.
Min is a Jesuit scholastic in the Korea Province studying theology and he can be reached through his email: kimmin1871(at)hanmail.net.