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Naming Divinity

Ursula K. LeGuin has a very short story entitled “She Un-Names Them” in which Eve removes the names that Adam has hung on all the animals, hands him back her own name, and leaves, walking away into unlabeled, unruled Creation. Another perspective on naming is offered by Ed Sanders in his essay “Green Economics”: I don’t think it’s enough to want to protect it. You have to study nature down to molecular specificity. Learn to name the plants, the bark, the algae, the species in such intricate🔒

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Donna Glee Williams was formerly active in New Orleans (La.) Meeting and now attends a worship study group in Waynesville, N.C. She creates and leads weeklong, intensive learning adventures for spiritual renewal of public school teachers. She writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; her recent work includes articles on mentoring and education about the Holocaust. © 2002 Donna Glee Williams


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