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Brian Ray James (Brian)
Worked at Denver Office of Economic Development
Attended University of Colorado Denver
Lives in Denver, CO
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Science is about generating and sharing knowledge about the structure and behavior of the natural world. Technology is about the functional application of that knowledge to produce tangible outcomes.
We need to figure out a better way to communicate science that balances technology and nature.
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I think that is the common misconception: that we are the only one who is supposed to speak. But prayer is reciprocal and believe it or not God sometimes wants to initiate the conversation.
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Christ is all in all. The Lord tells Jacob that he will be with him always. He is here symbolically in a stone table. He is here sacramentally in bread and wine. He is here spiritually in hearts lifted up and returned to us renewed, transformed, consecrated.
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A sermon based on one of my favorite collects from the Book of Common Prayer. An excerpt:

When we have to make sense of the Bible, we are leaning on Jesus’ teaching. Jesus promised that the “Spirit of truth” would be sent to us. So we pray that we know the truth through God’s Spirit, especially where we come up short: because of what is missing in the Bible, or because what is present in the Bible does not ring true to our own reason and experience.
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This is God’s purpose for us, just as it was for those disciples: to be joined forever to the Divine life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; to know this larger life, to experience it, and to abide in it forever.
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In baptism we reach out not to the forbidden fruit but to God and God reaches out to us, restoring that union between Creator and creature and showing us once again to be the beloved daughters and sons of the Most High.
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The whole world is charged with the grandeur of God. If we ask God to open our eyes, that grandeur will flame out, like shining from shook foil.
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Nothing will separate us from the love of God. Nothing. Nothing will separate us from the presence of God: God Emmanuel, God with us. After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, Jesus’ followers discovered this to be true. Like Jesus promised, they would be shared – not spared, but shared – the cross, and that they would meet Jesus in their suffering and distress, and they did.
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What can we learn from what nature has already done?

Biomimicry involves looking to nature to find solutions to problems that nature has already solved. But it also involves a paradigm shift in the relationship between humans and our environment. Can we do this? 
Science writer Janine Benyus believes innovators should look to nature when solving a design problem. She says the natural world is full of ideas for making things waterproof, solar-powered and more.
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Be careful what you ask for. Don’t pray, “Come Holy Spirit, my soul inspire” unless you mean it! Don’t pray, “Breathe on me breath of God” unless you are prepared for the consequences. Those first disciples had their lives turned upside down by the divine power invading them. For them the gift of the Holy Spirit changed their lives forever.
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Look around right now: notice divine love in the ordinary stuff of life, in words and actions, your very breath and the stars above. God is with us and within us. God is still saving, refreshing and blessing us here. Instead of complaining, give thanks for all heavenly food on the hard road that leads to life.
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The study, which involved 1,203 scientists, hundreds of scientific institutions and more than 160 governments brought together by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), concludes that without radical action the level of prosperity that millions of people in the developed world count on will be impossible to maintain or extend to poorer countries.
Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows
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Education
  • University of Colorado Denver
    Master of Urban & Regional Planning, 2009 - 2011
  • University of Denver
    Master of Applied Science - Environmental Policy & Management, 2004 - 2008
  • California Polytechnic State University
    BS Landscape Architecture, 1988 - 1993
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"Not all those who wander are lost." I sure as heck hope that's true!
Introduction
I consider myself both an urbanist and an environmentalist. Done right, the two are not at odds. I am interested in sustainable and resilient community development that protects environmental and economic systems while providing opportunities for advancement for all members of a community. I am also into how geographic information system (GIS) technology can help with achieving those goals.

I'm into progressive politics, though I try and be respectful of differing viewpoints. Sometimes, I do find that conservatives come up with really good ideas, and I try to be open to that. Indeed, I am starting to think that our old liberal/conservative divides may be outdated, but I'm not sure yet.

I am a person of faith; I am a Christian and an active member of The Episcopal Church. However, anyone of any faith tradition, or of no religious inclination at all, who is interested in creating a fair and sustainable future for all, is someone I want to have an energetic but respectful conversation with.

For fun, I'm a bit of a tech nut, especially for Apple tech, and have a growing respect for Google (hence why I'm on Google+!). I love to read fantasy literature (JRR Tolkien & Terry Brooks are favorites) when time allows. But above all, I love to just hang out with my wife and son.

All posts are my own opinions and are not reflective of my employers or any other group I am a part of. Let the conversations begin!
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New daddy to the most amazing son ever!
Work
Occupation
Urban/Environmental Planner, Husband, Father
Employment
  • Denver Office of Economic Development
    Associate City Planner - Environmental Planning & Compliance, 2011 - 2013
  • Colorado Center for Community Development
    Graduate Assistant - GIS & Planning, 2010 - 2011
  • Denver Public Works
    Planning & Policy Intern, 2009 - 2010
  • University of Colorado Land Use Futures Lab
    Graduate Research Assistant, 2008 - 2009
  • Eco-Justice Ministries
    Outreach Coordinator, 2008 - 2008
  • Denver Office of Economic Development
    Environmental & Historic Review Research Assistant, 2007 - 2007
  • FedEx Kinko's/Kinko's
    Various, 1993 - 2006
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Currently
Denver, CO
Previously
Bryn Mawr, PA - Denver, CO - Loveland, CO - San Luis Obispo, CA - Chula Vista, CA
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Down With Cable! Why HBO Is Finally Launching a Standalone Streaming Ser...
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Rejoice, cord cutters. HBO has announced it will launch its own online video streaming service next year, no cable TV subscription needed. U

The 10 Best and Worst Cities to Catch a Bus to Work | Streetsblog USA
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It's been called “the geography of opportunity.” And David Levinson is trying to make a science of it. In a new analysis, Levinson, a Univer

Hackers launch Apple ID phishing campaign playing on iCloud security wor...
www.macworld.com

Phishing emails masquerade as security alerts from Apple about rogue iTunes purchases, researchers from Symantec said

We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind
www.theatlanticcities.com

Building adaptable structures will save time, money, and material waste.

At Urban Summit, A Feeling Of 'The Feds Can't, But We Can'
www.npr.org

Passing mentions of the U.S. government during CityLab elicited knowing chuckles from the audience.

How to keep your real name and face out of Google's ads
www.pcworld.com

The journey was long and full of baby steps, but we’ve finally reached the destination: Google updated its terms of service on Friday to all

A Silent Hurricane Season Adds Fuel to a Debate Over Global Warming | TI...
science.time.com

We've passed the midpoint of the Atlantic hurricane season, and there's been not a storm to see. What does a hurricane drought tell us about

The Suburbs Are Dead, Long Live the Suburbs
www.theatlanticcities.com

Leigh Gallagher on her new book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving.

Syria: Six Alternatives to Military Strikes
www.yesmagazine.org

Many of the legal and diplomatic processes that led to peace in other times of conflict haven't even been tried yet in Syria.

Biggest Secret in the World Economy | On the Commons
onthecommons.org

While a great many commons seek to develop alternatives to conventional businesses – and even to bypass markets altogether – the struggle to

Amazon to offer discounted Kindle ebooks when you buy real, printed book...
www.imore.com

Amazon has introduced a program, called Kindle MatchBook, that will let customers download the Kindle ebook version of physical books that t

Here's why Obama's Syria muddle is so disappointing
www.motherjones.com

Not because it's a muddle, but because Obama had a chance to change our national security norms and didn't seize it.

Some Evangelicals See Biblical Prophecy In Syrian Crises | TIME.com
swampland.time.com

The Syrian region was second only to Jerusalem in importance for Christianity's initial growth

Yosemite Fire Burns Bright in Incredible Nighttime Image From Space - Wi...
www.wired.com

The blaze raging its way through a national forest in the Yosemite National Park area, known as the Rim fire, can be seen with frightening c

The Lead
www.episcopalcafe.com

North Carolina and South Carolina are experiencing an economic boom but fears that the homeless will drive away business are resulting in so

Public Transit Is Worth Way More to a City Than You Might Think
www.theatlanticcities.com

A new report finds a hidden economic value of anywhere from $1.5 million to $1.8 billion a year.

“Indescribably insane”: A public school system from hell
www.salon.com

Pennsylvania's right-wing governor drains public schools of basic funds -- and the sickening details will shock you

Urbanism and the Landscape Architect | Planetizen
www.planetizen.com

Landscape architects are not given nearly enough recognition for being urbanists. This is not because we don't get enough work in cities but

Think Progress
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Hard-hitting political news and analysis.