A Grassroots Church Bike Campaign

A Flourish friend was inspired by a piece she read in Flourish about how to make your church more bike-friendly she decided to take our words to heart and start making some changes at her church. She writes: After speaking with my dear friend who is … [Read more...]

How To Fix a Food Desert

Food deserts in America by county. Slate Labs.

The term "food desert" conjures up images of barren wastes, but we should not think of them as far away places - they are all around us. Slate Labs put together this interactive map (right) of households in food deserts in the U. S. by county. A … [Read more...]

Tri Robinson on Creation Care in a Church Setting

At QIdeas.org Pastor and author, Tri Robinson, writes about his, and his church's, journey to towards caring for creation: "In all my years of ministry, I never saw this coming. Caring for the environment was a value I rediscovered through a series … [Read more...]

Which to Save: Earth or Souls?

There is a false dichotomy stuck in the mind of modern Christianity that saving the planet and saving the souls that fill it are two different enterprises. From the Christopher James' blog: "There's a debate in Christian circles which goes like … [Read more...]

Church Life Blossoms Through Creation Care

Merry Christmas from Flourish! We’re taking time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the "firstborn over all creation," so in lieu of our regular "Cultivating Community" post, we invite you to enjoy these examples of churches engaging God's … [Read more...]

Don’t Walk Alone: Doing walkability audits as a church community

Why did the children cross the road? Because they could! www.pedbikeimages.org / Dan Burden

What is the closest shop to your church? Or place to eat lunch? The nearest residential street? School? Can you walk to these places after leaving a Sunday service? Can the church staff walk to any significant destinations during the week? Does it … [Read more...]

Cultivating Community: One Thing

Justly produced coffee packs a lot more than caffeine in its punch.

Watch the hot water swirl into your tea in a rich brown stain. Breathe its steam into your mouth, and feel a little more at peace. Wrap your fingers around the porcelain of your mug. Settle your eyes on the person across from you and really hear what … [Read more...]

We don’t give thanks alone

"...then your light will rise in the darkness..."

This poem by Anne Porter is a quiet, but exuberant, reminder that today we give thanks with all of creation for God's good gifts. Share it with the family you have around you at the Thanksgiving table, and with your church family who shares the gifts … [Read more...]

Weekly Church Activity: Giving thanks for all creation

CC Image courtesy riptheskull on Flickr

Earth Day, April 22, has turned into a modern secular holiday, but it is often ignored by churches. However, Thanksgiving is a more natural time for Christians to give thanks and praise to God for his creation. We thank God not just for food, family, … [Read more...]

Weekly Church Activity: All the earth, let us sing!

A Call to Worship and Obedience

Worshiping God in weekly church services is, for many of us, the only time we express ourselves to God in song. In song we praise God’s faithfulness, thank him for his unconditional love, and recount the history of his communion with us. But … [Read more...]

Livability, Walkability, and Environmental Justice

Flourish was at the annual Christian Community Development Association Conference (CCDA) in Cincinnati, on Saturday, October 24, where I gave a presentation called "Green-the-Hood: Livability, Walkability, and Environmental Justice." It's adapted … [Read more...]

One month from today …

Renewal, a student-led creation care organization engaging Christian college students in environmental stewardship, will be holding its second annual Day of Prayer for God's Creation on October 21. With a conviction that prayer is central to the … [Read more...]

Familiarity in the Foreign

taj-mahal-India-environment

I’ve just returned from spending two weeks in India, a place that was at the same time the most foreign and the most familiar country I’ve ever traveled. This odd tension in perspective applied to many Indian cultural artifacts, including the … [Read more...]

Churches are this year’s ENERGY STARS

The First Baptist Church of Dallas will save $450,000 in utility costs this year due to its new approach to energy use. The First Baptist Church of Springdale and its Shiloh Christian School carefully monitored their energy usage and trained their … [Read more...]