Maria Theresa Stadtmueller is a writer and podcaster living on a permaculture farm in northern Vermont. Her podcast, the Big Chew, asks, "How do we live on Earth without the Stupid?" She received a B.A. from Kirkland College, which was the women's affiliate of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. She earned her MFA from the Nonfiction Writing program at The University of Iowa, where she also studied Christian history and theology, learning even more reasons why she doesn't believe in it. She was a stand-up comic based in New York City and a writer for several colleges and universities. Her environmental nonfiction has been published in The Iowa Review, Dark Mountain, and other literary journals, and has also been anthologized by SUNY Press and in the upcoming book Walking on Lava for Chelsea Green Publishing. With the Big Chew Podcast and her blog, Meet Your Myth, Maria explores how we can create a more fulfilling culture based on science's story of our shared evolution and our deep belonging in nature. But some of it's funny. http://www.TheBigChewPodcast.com
A skeptical ex-Catholic environmentalist discovers an Earth spirituality center run by nuns—but they teach that "Earth is our primary Scripture" and religion must adapt to science's view of our Universe. Songs That Are To Come tells both an intimate childhood experience of convents and a brief, vivid tale of evolution. Here are the cultural story we've inherited and the new story we must embody.