Water Conservation at Church: Saving Water Outdoors

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[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] When we think of ways to save water, our minds usually jump to what we know we should be doing indoors: … [Read more...]

An Education: A Costa Rican Community Learns What Helps and What Hurts in the Wake of Disaster

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By Tim Høiland Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   The small, quiet town of San Rafael sits amidst passing clouds on the slopes of Volcán Barva in the heart of Costa Rica. The confluence of two strong air currents—one rising from the … [Read more...]

Water Conservation at Church: Saving Water Indoors

Leaky sink faucet.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Christians are really good at digging wells. We recognize that people around the world (even in the United … [Read more...]

Redemption by the Side of the Road

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By Andy Patton Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   The Crossing, a church in Columbia, Missouri, sits just off of a high-speed, four-lane highway lined with fast-food chains, a Wal-Mart Supercenter, and a cluster of modular, low-rent … [Read more...]

Save on Gas and Grow in Fellowship: Three Steps to Carpooling to Church

Carpool street sign.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] If you read the comics in your local paper, you’re probably familiar with the antics and mishaps of the … [Read more...]

Beyond the “Green” Commandments

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By Dave Timmer Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 Recently I watched a news clip of a woman plugging her new book on “green” living from a faith perspective. Like so many others, her book gives ideas for living a “green” … [Read more...]

The Myth of Overpopulation

By Rusty Pritchard Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 There’s a perilous notion lurking in the minds of many in the environmental movement. Confronted with a burgeoning human population, and frustrated at the human impact on the world’s … [Read more...]

Two Poems

Head shot of poet Luci Shaw.

By Luci Shaw Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   Under the Snowing Under the snowing the leaves lie still. Brown animals sleep through the storm, unknowing, behind the bank and the frozen hill. And just as deep in the coated … [Read more...]

How to Make Sundays Screen Free

Baby or toddler watching television.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Kids ages 8-18 spend more than seven-and-a-half hours each day on electronic devices. Kids under six watch … [Read more...]

Good Comes from a Grateful Heart

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By Lisa Graham McMinn Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   I used to think being a responsible shopper meant that I was frugal with our family dollars. So I clipped coupons and shopped where I could get the best deals on canned tomatoes, … [Read more...]

Inside Flourish

From Kendra Langdon Juskus, managing editor Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   In 2011, the world's population will hit seven billion, just 12 years after it reached the watershed 6 billion mark in 1999. Many environmental awareness advocates … [Read more...]

Taking Creation Care One Month at a Time

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] “Bird by bird.” That’s the key phrase in Anne Lamott’s book by the same title, which is a guide to … [Read more...]

February 2nd, 2011: Not Just for Groundhogs This Year

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] On February 2nd, a reluctant little groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, will be coaxed out of his hole … [Read more...]

Your Creation Care Calendar for 2011

January 2011 calendar page.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Mark your calendars! With the flip of the page onto January 2011 a few days ago, we entered a new year full of … [Read more...]