"There is no place like home!" Our Common Home Mother Earth

Dearest Earthlings,

Dorothy at the end of The Wizard of Oz, closes her eyes clicks her red ruby slippers and says a mantra, over and over, "There is no place like home

there's no place like home, there is no place like home................" and this jets her into the dream state taking her home again to the loving relationships she only appreciated after she had left home, had wild and wonderful adventures and in the process grew up. We are in a similar stage of individuation as a human species this year in 2019, fifty years after the moon landing. We have begun to integrate our hearts, our brains, courage and even our animal nature as symbolized perhaps by Dorothy's little dog Toto. In a kind of dream state of reflection we too have begun to ask the God of love, or Spirit or our higher power, to take us back to our common home, the paradise of Gaia where we feel confident we will be able to live in gratitude for all the relationships of love and of home that we had previously taken for granted.

Like Dorothy, I am off for a wild and wonderful adventure not to Oz, but to China and Korea with Dr. John Cobb, but unless someone gives a donation to the Go Fund Me Page below or above, I won't be able to come home! My expenses are paid to get there but we have not raised enough for me to return home. And "There is no place like home!" Please help me come home by clicking on the link below.

http://gofundme.com/sywvn7-climate-action

Well, it doesn't course work that way, of course, but you get the idea. We thank everyone who has generously contributed to this adventure as we go to learn more about how to create an Ecology Civilization and what all they are doing in China. After two weeks in China, we will go to Korea and will meet religious leaders at an interfaith ecologic conference, “Interfaith Dialogue for a Sustainable Ecological Civilization”

http://www.yeojuecoforum.org/.

We are all invited to listen to the earth speak to us in our nightly dreams and I will share how dream sharing is an ancient spiritual practice whose time had come back. Dream sharing is honored in all the wisdom traditions and after having been left out for hundreds of years, dream honoring with in an interfaith community is potentially powerful practice of getting to know one another at a deep level as we listen to the earth speak.

No worship for the next four Sundays, however Walt will facilitate a Lectio Divina and introduce Centering Prayer beginning September 15th and then every Sunday at 5 pm until my return on October 6.

I am happy to announce that Church for Our Common Home is developing an internet ministry that invites worship, educational programs and dream sharing in person as well as on the internet. Jamie Long and our Digital Arts Team are working tirelessly to reach out in hospitality to our fellow earthlings in different places on our planet, from Somalia to Seoul Korea. Thank you Jamie and everyone involved and everyone who is tuning in. Please check out also our new edited videos of worship.

http://www.churchforourcommonhome.com/new-page

If you don't want to use Pay Pal on the Go Fund Me Page above, please feel free to make a tax deductible donation to Church for Our Common Home with checks or credit cards and or contact me with any questions.

In gratitude,

Rev. Bonnie Tarwater

Trip to China, Ecology Conference in Korea and Dreams with Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. to create an Ecologic Civilization

Dear Earthlings,

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I am overjoyed to be traveling to China and Korea with Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. to help create an Ecologic Civilization. Dr. Zhihe Wang and Dr. Meijun Fan, the co-directors of the Post Modern Institute for the Development of China,postmodernchina.org/have invited me on this adventure which promises to be a life transformative experience for me and our church. I will bring back ideas to contribute to the environmental movement and our church mission. We are leaving on September 16th and returning October 2019.

In China we will travel to four different provinces: Beijing in Hebei Province, Taigu in Shandong Province, Liandu in Zhejiang Province and Puer in southwest China on the Vietnam border in the Yunnan Province. We will then travel to Korea for the first Interfaith Ecologic Conference where Dr. Cobb will be the keynote speaker and I have been invited to present a paper. We will learn from religious leaders and scholars at the. “Interfaith Dialogue for a Sustainable Ecological Civilization” http://www.yeojuecoforum.org/.We are invited to listen to the earth speak to us in dreams and I will share how dream sharing invites us to become close interfaith friends. Dream sharing is honored in all the wisdom traditions and after having been left out for hundreds of years, dream honorings is an ancient spiritual practice whose time had come back.

Church for Our Common Home offers an internet ministry that invites worship, educational programs and dream sharing in person as well as on the internet. James Long has created an exciting new lay ministry at Church for Our Common Home and our Digital Arts Team. Please watch our worship on Sundays 5 pm Pacific Standard Time on Live Stream and on the church Facebook page and see the edited versions at this link.http://www.churchforourcommonhome.com/new-page Special thanks to our church member Jamie Long and our new Digit Arts Team for they are moving our ministry out into the world in a big way, just in time for my presentation at the first Interfaith Ecology conference on the planet. Providence seems to be at work!

This conference in Korea is particularly meaningful for me because I lived in Korea beginning when I was six years old and have not previously returned. Here is my passport photo when my family and I moved to Korea in 1962, 57 years ago. How much has changed in Korea since I attended the first grade in Seoul?

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Here is a photo of me on a medical tour of China in 1981 when I was 25 years old. How much have I changed in the last 60 years? China, Korea and I have changed more than any of us could have imagined!

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Dr. Cobb is the preeminent interpreter of Alfred North Whitehead and process thought and theology, teaches a “… a process-relational worldview (e.g. the philosophical tradition of Alfred North Whitehead)–including the principles of interconnection, change, and intrinsic value–for advancing the common good.” The process God is one of creativity, transformative change and love and s/he is calling us forward for the common good on this trip to China and Korea in hope that we can change the way we think and live in order to create an ecologic civilization. https://claremontprocess.org/

Here is a photo of the Institute for the Post Modern Development of China and Church for Our Common Home sponsoring a special Earth Day Program and dinner in 2019, hosting Dr. Oon, from Malaysia about her international work with Eco Enzymeshttps://www.enzymesos.com/what-is-eco-enzymeand the 2019 winner of the John Cobb Common Good Award, at Church for Our Common Home.

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Dr. Cobb, Dr. Wang and Dr. Fan have been instrumental in making this ecologic revolution a reality in China. It is urgent that we learn to live more ecologically and organically in order to change and survive as a human species. Together this unlikely and amazing trio of Cobb, Wang and Fan have created 37 process centers at major universities in China, who in turn have helped to inspire emerging eco-villages, organic farming and other sustainability projects we need to learn about and emulate. I will bring back ideas to the United States, locally to San Diego, to my denomination of the Unitarian Universalist Association https://www.uua.org/connect/web and to our Church for Our Common Home. It has not only the prophetic genius of Dr. Cobb as a teacher that has given me and millions of us a new ecologic vision to live by, it is because he practices what he preaches and is the best ambassador of Christianity of anyone I have ever known. It is his radically loving natures that inspire me perhaps more than his prophetic genius.

Fifty years ago, in 1969 space travelers went to the moon and brought back this photo of our common home- Mother Earth. That same year, Dr. Cobb had an awakening and wrote a book, Is It Too Late? A Theology of Ecologyabout our environmental crisis. He has led us as a prophet, philosopher, theologian and environmentalist in his inspiring and tireless life’s work, not only telling the truth about the severity of our problem, but offering a vision to save the world. So, is it too late to save ourselves from our global catastrophe? I say NEVER! Why? Because I am a grandmother with my third grandchild due to be born the first week of September and as Dr. Cobb says, “Where there is life there is hope.” We have no choice but to work to save the world’s future generations of human and non-human life. I go on this trip to companion a planetary treasure and holy man, Dr. Cobb to China and Korea and will bring back his wisdom and stories of people from around the world working to save us from extinction. Please call me if you have any questions, ideas or special requests (858) 248-5123. The Institute for the Post Modern Development of China has generously offered to pay some of my expenses outside of travel costs while I am in China. I am raising funds for my air travel, other travel expenses and need your support to cover the estimated cost of $3,000.00. No gift of support is too small. Please make tax deductible checks to Church for Our Common Home credit cards are also welcomed.

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In gratitude,

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Rev. Bonnie Tarwater

Minister Church for Our Common Home

13014 Calle De Las Rosas, SD CA 92129

churchforourcommonhome.com (858) 248-5123 revtarwater@yahoo.com

Affiliate Community Minister of First UU Church of San Diego










Do you hear the voice of the Black Madonna on Mother's Day?

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Dear Friends,

The Black Madonna is the ancient feminine face of God, Christian and pre Christian, including the Earth Goddesses and the Egyptian goddess Isis. For some of us she is the tender mother Jesus our Mother, as Julian of Norwich, (her feast day was May 8th) in the Middle Ages called Jesus. She is also the Holy Mama, Mary our Mother, the Mother symbol of all the world religions, for she is everyone's merciful Mother and she loves all her children, the oppressed and the oppressors. She is our universal mother. She is talking to us this Mother's Day morning with urgency. Do you hear her? Are you dreaming of her and/or are you having synchronistic experiences or intuitions and gut feelings of God trying to embolden you to love in radical new ways? The lectionary reading today is from the Gospel of John Chapter 10:27-30 Jesus tells us that his sheep hear his voice and they follow him and that no one can snatch them away from him and no one can snatch us away from the Black Madonna for the Black Madonna and Jesus are one.

We have recently been instructed by the United Nations that we have only twelve more years to change climate change before it is too late and that over one million plants and animals are going extinct. These words from scientists are another version of her voice crying out in pain to stop hurting her and that she is sick. Please read my chapter "At the Bedside of Mother Earth" on our church website. There is nothing like a crisis to bring families together. May the sickness of our Mother Earth bring us together as a human family like never before!

She is inside you and me and all creatures and she is the earth and she is the dark of the vast cosmos. We live in her body, we live in the earth's body, and we lived before we were born in our Mother's body. I added the photo of the earth taken from outer space to this icon above many years ago and now it is the holy icon for Church for Our Common Home, a non traditional church dedicated to the earth, the divine feminine and the arts. She is the Earth who gives us our home, our food, our air, volcanos and fire, oceans and mountains and all creatures to love us and to be loved by us. When we are not in awe of God, called by many names we are a sorry group of humans.

As we give thanks today for our Mothers who we lived inside of and who gave us birth and to the earth our common home, let us also give thanks to God the Mother of all for we live inside her body.

God I am calling the Black Madonna today gave me several signs for Mother Day that I want to share with you in the hopes that you will reflect on what signs she is gifting you with today. We are working on getting our weekly worship up on live stream more reliably this month, so hopefully you will be able to join us for worship every Sunday at 5 pm (PST) on our church website and we look forward to hearing from you.

This morning I received a response to an email I sent to Margaret Starbird, the brilliant and brave woman who wrote many divinely inspired books about Mary Magdalene, the forgotten and lost bride of Jesus, Christianity and western civilization. Many of us consider Mary Magdalene to be another form of the Black Madonna. Starbirds book, Women with the Alabaster Jar was the book Dan Brown "borrowed?" to write The Da Vinci Code. Here is an interview with her on our church web site.

Last week we offered a worship about gematria and the symbolism of numbers and studied Starbirds reflections on the 153 and Mary Magdalene. Praying under the tree in front of my house last week I noticed for the first time that the number of our house church is 13014 Calle De Las Rosas or the Street of the Roses. Although this is not 153, it is a form of 135 and in music the 153 or 135 is the basic chord of vibration and making music.

Yesterday, I received a group email from Matthew Fox inviting all of us to be apart of a new project to receive daily meditations about the Divine Feminine to begin today Mother's day. To sign up go to, www.DailyMeditationsWithMatthewFox.Org

Reading the email I noticed that Alessandra Belloni has written a new book on the Black Madonna, Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna which looks like a book sharing similar experiences to many of us about the Black Madonna and one may of us will enjoy reading.

My dream yesterday was that I am sitting on my red couch where I pray in the early morning, and out the window right next to my altar to the Black Madonna, something small was flying toward me fast in the dark night sky and as it got closer and bigger I could see that it was a large black appliance of some kind I could not make out and it was being flown by a red fox in an uniform. When it landed outside the window the fox quickly walked to my front door and knocked. I called out in fear and woke up. I looked up what appliance means and it is, "a device or piece of equipment designed to perform a specific task, typically a domestic one.....or the action or process of bringing something into operation." A fox is an animal whose home or den is called an "earth" and because of its ability to "transgress boundaries and has made it one of the most successful survivors on the planet." the fox is allowed "to be everywhere at once and nowhere at all" and the fox has super hearing abilities and can hear things far and wide from the earth. "...just as the fox-guide's subterranean knowledge (that) led the North American and Siberian shamans through paths not open or visible to humans. Thus if we approach the ubiquitous, mercurial fox--like the unconscious-- on its own terms, it may guide us through the transformational spaces between oppositional states of being......between unconventional, intuitive intelligence and collective social norms, and between animal human and spirit worlds, both beneficent and demonic--in the service of wholeness."(The Book of Symbols edited by Ronnberg and Martin)

Yesterday I heard a woman I do not know share about the feminine face of God at a 12 step meeting. This is rare.

So this Mother's Day I am committed to hearing her voice and listening to heartbeat that is the earth's heartbeat, to seeing her in the dark night of dreams and visions, to loving her in every person and creature I am blessed to be alive with today. I want to hear from you and your experiences of the Black Madonna, the feminine face of God calling you into healing and catapulting you to dedicate your life to the earth crisis we have created and we care called to solve for all of her creatures here on our common home Mother Earth.

I offer you a prayer and according to my dream our prayers are an appliance or process of bringing something into action. This Mothers Day I recommit to my prayer life for God needs our prayers of thanksgiving and love and we need to be in holy relationship with God to work to heal our planet and ourselves.

Dear Holy One, you who are the Black Madonna, ancient virgin, dark earth source, holy presence, refresh our hearts, you who hold the universe also live inside us. Heal our wounds, and reawaken our spirits and push us again into the light, sustain us in mystery, push us out into life and grant us new birth. Breath in us, breath with us, let your light shine for us, with us, in us, Black Madonna, ancient virgin, holy presence. Amen

(Poem/prayer offered at Seizing an Alternative Ecology conference 2015, at the Anima Mundi track)

We will dance to the Contours "Do you Love Me? Now that I can Dance" today for our Mother's Day worship for we need the energy of love and dancing for the journey. Please join us!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EoI-6lQFIE

Please contact us if you would like to be on our prayer list.

Love and blessings,

Bonnie

"Civilization of Love" by artist Linda Miroslava Sabbath

Giving up the Growth Economy and Consumerism before Easter and Earth Day

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DearFriends,    

When my children were toddlers I divorced their father. Our first Christmas Eve without him, he served me with legal papers suing me for full custody of our children. I had divorced him because of his abuse of me and the children. I credit his expensive lawyer with the powerfully creative and cruel idea of serving me legal papers on Christmas Eve - a holy day that celebrates the miracle of babies and the loving bond between families - mothers, fathers, and all creation. We all need to be shocked into the real dangers or "served papers" this Easter and Earth Day to WAKE UP TO THE LIFE THREATENING GLOBAL EMERGENCY in order to begin the needed spiritual conversion we need to make as a human species. Church for Our Common Homeworks for an Ecologic Civilization with our 12 step program. The first step is to "Share the truth that the 6th extinction of life on Earth is an invitation for transformation as a human species."

Our children and grandchildren are depending on us.

This aforementioned personal crisis for me filled me with terror that I would lose my children. This experience of terror brought me to God and a conversion experience, or what Jeremy Lent calls a "U Turn" experience that changed my life. One day, I remember as vividly as anything that I have ever experienced, I had a thought that came from something outside myself or from my higher self, use whatever words you like, but now I would call it a God voice that gave me clear instructions. The voice said, "Go to seminary. It would be better for your children than going to penitentiary." This was an odd message for I had not grown up in the church and was happy working as a drama teacher and theater director. The voice knew that I secretly wanted to kill my ex husband. This murderous rage was an overwhelming problem for me, having never been violent or even had a fantasy of physically hurting anyone. I was a well socialized, well behaved young woman - your average fearful coward. As an old grand mother now, I recognize my rage as an instinctual response that normal humans and animal mothers have when their young are threatened. I am passionate about God now and know that it was through the grace of God that I not only did not kill my ex husband but grew to forgive him, God rest his soul, and became a Christian minister. The U Turn this crisis drove me to in my life, gives me hope for our global crisis.

My personal conversion experience is what I believe we need collectively as a human family. We need the courage to do what I did bravely as a single mother, first, name the problem, second, devote our lives to getting out of a dangerous situation and third ask God for help and devote our lives to God. Gradually, I gave up my world view that included accepting capitalism, patriarchy, and all power over relationships as normal. We need to give up our worldview that a growth economy, consumerism and capitalism are OK. They are not OK and we have to get rid of them. We only have 12 years left according to scientists who recently reported to the United Nations!

I am clear that the rest of my life is devoted to standing in solidarity with all the animal and plant species that are becoming extinct, as well as millions of human refugees, all those who are poor and suffering because of our global catastrophe. Jesus rode into Jerusalem standing up to the Roman Empire and its values of dominate power over imperialism, 2,000 years ago on Palm Sunday. There are countless movements in history we can look to besides Jesus for inspiration. Against all the odds, the civil rights movement, the women's movement, Gandhi's non-violent revolution in India that overthrew the British Empire in India all show us the way, when there is no way! I am hopeful and know it is time for moral imagination and intense commune with God and all that is holy. Angels are guiding us at this time. Call upon the "unemployed angels" as Lorna Byrne suggests.

We are in the 6th mass extinction of life on earth, the only one created by us humans and telling the truth our growth economy also called "corporatism", as the root problem is essential. Capitalism is our economic and political system that gives control to business and private owners for profit. Climate change is not the problem - it is one of the symptoms! Jeremy Lents writes in his article, 'What will You Say to Your Grandchildren?' "The primary reason for this headlong fling toward disaster is that our economic system is based on perpetual growth— the by-product of which is the need to consume the earth at an ever-increasing rate. Our world is dominated by transnational corporations, which now account for sixty-nine of the world’s largest one hundred economies. The value of these corporations is based on investors’ expectations for profits and continued growth, which they are driven to achieve at any cost, including the future welfare of humanity and the living earth. It’s a gigantic Ponzi scheme that barely gets a mention because the corporations also own the mainstream media, along with most governments. The real discussions we need about humanity’s future don’t make it to the table. Even a policy goal as ambitious as the Green New Deal—rejected by most mainstream pundits as utterly unrealistic—would still be insufficient to turn things around, because it doesn’t acknowledge the need to transition our economy away from reliance on endless growth."

We don't care whether you are Buddhist, Atheist, Jewish, Moslem, Pagan or Christian, Church for Our Common Home invites you to come give thanks for the miracle of spring and all that is holy and alive the next three Sundays, Palm Sunday, Easter and Earth Day to ask for help and give thanks. God is calling us to have a conversion experience and name the real abuse and torture of feeling creatures and devote our lives to the spiritual growth that is the invitation of every crisis.

 Jeremy Lent writes, "Studies have shown that, once 3.5% of a population becomes sustainably committed to nonviolent mass movements for political change, they are invariably successful. That would translate into 11.5 million Americans on the street, or 26 million Europeans. We’re a long way from that, but is it really impossible? I’m not ready, yet, to bet against humanity’s ability to transform itself or nature’s powers of regeneration. XR is planning a global week of direct action beginning on Monday, April 15, as a first step toward a coordinated worldwide grassroots rebellion against the system that’s destroying hope of future flourishing. It might just be the beginning of another of history’s U-turns. Do you want to look your grandchildren in the eyes? Yes, me too. I’ll see you there."

Thanks Jeremy for your message of hope as a grandfather. Yes I want to look at Laina and Jacob and my third grandbaby soon to be born and say to them, "I did everything I could to make a safe world for you. Thanks be to God!"

Please, we need you to join us at Church for Our Common Home, for we have never needed one another like we do now. Grandparents come and bring your grandchildren for the world needs our passionate love for our grandchildren in order to survive as a human species.

In love and gratitude,

Bonnie

Please read all of Jeremy Lent's excellent and hopeful article here.

https://patternsofmeaning.com/2019/04/04/what-will-you-say-to-your-grandchildren/

Palm Sunday 5 pm Torrey Pines State Park Beach by the main entrance on the coast highway. Call if you want to carpool. (858) 248-5123.

Easter Sunrise Worship 6:30 am Torrey Pines State Park Beach

We will serve hot coffee and tea, hot cross buns and hard boiled Easter eggs!

Workshop Making Soap from Compost on Monday April 22, 7 pm Earth Day

Earth Day Worship, Dance, Celebration Sunday April 28th 5 pm,Pot luck immediately following at the Mary Magdalene Cafe


Worship every Sunday 5 pm (PST) live stream on church web site

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12 Step Program for an Ecological Civilization for Church for Our Common Home

DearFriends,                                                                                              

Church for Our Common Home is dedicated to the Earth,

a living being.

Our vision is to build an artistic ecologic church to love and

pray for Mother Earth for nature is alive and sacred.

We work for an Ecologic Civilization with our

12 step program. 

1.     Share the truth that the current 6th extinction of life on Earth, the only one created by humans, is an invitation for transformation as a human species.

2.     Share the history and human habits of dominant over relationships and commit to relationships of collaboration, partnership and co-creativity.

3.     Make amends for our alienation and abuse of the natural world and our idolatry of scientism and rationalism using transdisciplinary reconnections of religion, art, psychology, ecology, etc.

4.     Explore eco-feminist and process theology, celebrating God/dess language, symbols and relationships.

5.     Study the teachings of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, including newly found gnostic scriptures and the world’s ancient wisdom traditions.

6.     Offer diverse spiritual practices to develop loving relationships with the natural world, Mother Earth and

all creation.

7.     Honor the invisible realms of dreams, prayer, intuition, parapsychology and imagination.

8.     Celebrate the visual and performing arts, ritual making, beauty and creativity as divine spiritual practice.

9.     Celebrate intergenerational community by intentionally including and honoring the very young and old.

10. Encourage consciousness raising with integration of body, sexuality, mind, spirit, feelings, intuition and imagination.

     11. Work for social justice locally and globally in partnership with other organizations.

     12. Experiment with nontraditional church in order to create relevant, spirit filled and loving community.

 My husband Dr. Walt Rutherford and I will live on and care for the land and prayerfully grow an organic garden, offer weekly worship, pot lucks, programs etc. as well as counseling services-- all internet accessible. Following in the footsteps of Findhorn a spiritual eco village in Scotland, www.findhorn.org that was founded as a “God centered and God guided” community. In partnership with nature, Findhorn changed the chemistry of the land. 

Seeking land in the Southern California area, we will also consider other locations. We hope to collaborate with other individuals and or organizations with a similar spiritual and/or ecologic vision. We look forward to exploring creative ideas, like caring for elderly people who need love and care in exchange for land. Church for Our Common Home is currently funded through donations and Walt and my counseling work at Our Common Home Counseling Center. As a non-profit 501C3 all donations are tax deductible.

In love and gratitude,

Bonnie

TESTIMONIAL TO BONNIE TARWATER

                by John B. Cobb, Jr.

         This request is certainly unusual. Bonnie Tarwater is an unusual person. The request expresses her thoroughly intelligent, but certainly counter-cultural, hopes. Many of us talk about our distress at our alienation from the land, especially the soil and all the life it supports. Bonnie is way beyond distress. She really feels her community with the land. The extraordinary experience of the lovers of the land at Findhorn has grasped her imagination. She wants to connect with the life of the land as they have done. 

         With the help of some generous owner of little used land, she will create a place where others can also learn to love the land and interact with it in mutual blessing. My guess is that such experience will be healing in many ways. Bonnie Tarwater is that rare person who can turn this vision into reality. May it be so.

Rev. Bonnie Tarwater

Minister Church for Our Common Home 13014 Calle De Las Rosas, SD CA 92129

churchforourcommonhome.com (858) 248-5123 revtarwater@yahoo.com

Affiliate Community Minister of First UU Church of San Diego


Easter Sunrise Worship 6:30 am Torrey Pines State Park Beach

Earth Day Worship, Dance, Celebration Sunday April 28th 5 pm,Pot luck immediately following at the Mary Magdalene Cafe

Worship every Sunday 5 pm PST live stream