Flourish Friend: A Rocha

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A Rocha (Portuguese for "the Rock") is an international Christian conservation organization working in 20 countries on six continents to care for God's creation. Visit their website for more information on their projects or how to get involved. A … [Read more...]

Sowing Seeds of Sustainability

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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...]

Seek the Peace of Your Place: Jamison Galt’s Advice on How to “Live and Love Locally.”

In "Living and Loving Locally" (appearing in Comment magazine) pastor Jamison Galt tells the story of a divide growing in his community between the "old-timers" and the "newcomers." Galt, though new to the neighborhood, found himself presiding over … [Read more...]

What’s In Season Where: Interactive Map

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Ever wish there were an easy way to search the U.S. by state and find out what's in season at what time? Well... you're in luck. Click around on this Seasonal Ingredient Map and find out when the first bundles of asparagus, baskets of strawberries … [Read more...]

The Eden Project: A Work of Ecological Redemption

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At first glance the Eden Project in Cornwall England looks like it would be more comfortably be at home on Mars rather than the quiet English countryside, but it is entirely earthly. The Eden Project began in 2001 in an old clay pit that looked … [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...]

20 Questions To Help You Understand Your Place

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] I read a provocative quote the other day in Stephen Bouma-Prediger's book For the Beauty of the Earth: "Tell me … [Read more...]

Four Friends Start a Home-Grown Recycling Program and Inspire a Town

Whoever said one person can't make an impact for the good on the world never heard of Grace McWilliams and her three friends. Determined to clean up her town McWilliams rounded up a team of friends and started a free recycling pick up service for … [Read more...]

The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

Ever wonder where your t-shirt came from? If anyone was hurt in the making of it? If it contributed to the injustice in the world? These are pertinent questions as we think through what it means to be committed to justice in a broken world. Pietra … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry: Community Brings Flourishing

Wendell Berry writes in "Men and Women in Search of Common Ground" of how community can bring trials and suffering, but it is in those very trials that our good hope lies. His says that binding ourselves with the closest relational ties in life … [Read more...]

International Day of Prayer for Creation

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Prayer doesn't bring revival. It is revival. To that end Renewal, a student-led sister organization, is sponsoring an international day of prayer for creation on February 2, 2011. This year's theme is "Prayer for Environmental Justice." Get … [Read more...]

More Creation Care New Year’s Resolutions From Flourish

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For some reason the new year makes us want to change our lives. Call it a quirk of the circular calendar. We join the gym, swear off sweets, promise to call our fathers more. One wonders, if the year were a line and we never came back to the same … [Read more...]

Sustaining Support for Rebuilding Haiti Right

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By Joanna Pritchard Flourish magazine, Fall 2010 In April I watched a Haitian boy lay on his belly on an improvised surfboard, paddling it through the turquoise Caribbean waters, the perfect way to cool off on a blazing hot day. The boy had … [Read more...]

Toyotas (and Fords) 600 times more dangerous than media reports

Safer bike routes and access to public transportation, not fixed accelerators, will make transportation safe.  www.pedbikeimages.org / Laura Sandt

by Rusty Pritchard An estimated 19 people have died in crashes related to unexpected acceleration in Toyota-made vehicles over the last decade. This has led to a national uproar, dominating the news cycle and flooding dealers with recalled autos … [Read more...]