Right at Home: Building Church Partnerships with Local Nature Preserves

Spider web at Baylands Nature Preserve in Palo Alto

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] It's the reason we can take antibiotics when we get sick. It gives us flowers to enjoy and fruit to eat. It cleans water and … [Read more...]

Going Offline for Goodness’ Sake

Unplugged black cord.

by Kristyn Komarnicki [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] This summer I flew to Toronto to see some old friends. In an act of the will that required great … [Read more...]

Sowing Seeds of Sustainability


Microlending in rural areas restores more than just financial stability By Bob Morikawa Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009 Haitian farmers, desperate for both healthy land and money to support their families, have a common saying about the choice … [Read more...]

Famine to Feast: The Story of Anathoth Community Garden


by Fred Bahnson Flourish magazine, Summer 2010 The story of Anathoth Community Garden really begins with a murder. On a June afternoon in 2004, Bill King was closing up his shop on the corner of Mill Creek and Carr Store roads when someone … [Read more...]

Where is There Hope? Christian Faith at Home on Earth

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By Steven Bouma-Prediger Flourish Magazine, Fall 2010 Homelessness. Hopelessness. Living in exile. One philosopher describes life today as “coping with the flux”—learning to get along in the concrete details of life without the … [Read more...]

Tending to Eden: The rural poor are tangled in the roots of creation’s groaning


By Scott C. Sabin Flourish Magazine, Winter 2010   Nearly one billion people make their livings as farmers at or near subsistence level. Since these men and women barely participate in the cash economy, they are overlooked by … [Read more...]

The Edge of Enough: Digging Life Out of the Compost Bin

Brazil Chickens

By Tom Montgomery-Fate   Flourish magazine, Summer 2010     Be content with what you have; Rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. - From the … [Read more...]

Christ vs. Consumerism: Choosing Contentment in a Commercialized World

Gospel According to the Earth-cover

by Matthew Sleeth Flourish Magazine, Spring 2010   Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and … [Read more...]

Ask the Animals, and They Will Teach You

By Karen Swallow Prior Flourish magazine, Spring 2011   "He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." -  Immanuel Kant Literature—from the … [Read more...]

Two Poems

Head shot of poet Abigail Carroll

by Abigail Carroll Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 The Honor of Animals For Ken and Sara   When we saw the red sign Watch out for cougar and bear that brisk day we trailed your homeland’s rocky coast, the bells one … [Read more...]

Film Review | The Economics of Happiness


Reviewed by John Murdock Flourish magazine, Spring 2011   The Economics of Happiness The International Society for Ecology & Culture, 2011, 67 minutes “Why does Hugo Chavez want me to see this movie?” That was the … [Read more...]

Book Review | The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living


Reviewed by Rachel Stone Flourish magazine, Spring 2011   The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living Mark Bittman Simon & Schuster, 2010, 645 pp. My family and I love meat. If the answer to … [Read more...]

Book Retrospective Review | Living in God’s Creation: Orthodox Perspectives on Ecology


Reviewed by Scot F. Martin Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 Living in God’s Creation: Orthodox Perspectives on Ecology Elizabeth Theokritoff St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2009, 266 pages What if caring for creation was not … [Read more...]

Toolshed: Spring Clean, Green Clean


By Nancy Sleeth Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 “I love a clean house.  I just don’t like cleaning.” That’s a direct quote from our 20-year-old daughter, Emma, who recently graduated from college and is now living in her first … [Read more...]