Was “Cash for Clunkers” worth it?

By Rusty Pritchard The federal government stimulus  strategy of paying “cash for clunkers” ended last Monday as the program ran out of money, and many dealers ended their promotions early so they could begin the onerous task of filling in the … [Read more...]

RE:FORM Conference coming up!

Immoral and corrupt leadership. Poor health and disease. Environmental decline. World hunger. Human injustice. Illiteracy. Spiritual confusion and deadness. So often these issues get treated separately from one another. We're concerned about human … [Read more...]

A danger and a hope: part two

By Kendra Langdon Juskus *This is the second post in a series of creation care community responses to a Derrick Jensen article in Orion Magazine. Read part one here. What lies beneath So Jensen’s understanding of personal responsibility is … [Read more...]

A danger and a hope: part one

By Kendra Langdon Juskus At first blush, Derrick Jensen's recent Orion Magazine article, "Forget Shorter Showers," appears innocuous. But this article requires a careful read, for the spirit guiding it is a hopeless one; even dangerous. … [Read more...]

Why your child needs a knife

By Rusty Pritchard Kids need knives. I still get a laugh when my family goes to a sit-down restaurant, to see servers putting out silverware and carefully making sure that the table knives don’t go anywhere near my kids. This at ages up to … [Read more...]

A (rooftop) farm grows in Brooklyn

"To get people really excited about something, especially when there's so much bad news out there, I think is a really wonderful thing." So says Lisa Goode, of Goode Green, about a rooftop gardening project in Brooklyn. More than just a green … [Read more...]

New Urbanism’s new way

By Kendra Langdon Juskus Sometimes we can get stuck. We can get stuck in radical (though often justified) positions on crucial issues, to the point where compromise is inconceivable, potential allies retreat, opposing viewpoints dig their heels … [Read more...]

Beauty is NOT subjective

By Rusty Pritchard My friend and colleague Jim Jewell has an article in The Other Journal’s special issue on Aesthetics, in which he argues that creation care must be rooted in an appreciation of beauty. Environmental stewardship entails a good … [Read more...]

Forget personal responsibility?

by Kendra Langdon Juskus The most recent issue of Orion Magazine (a forum for exploring the intersection of the natural and cultural worlds) features a column by writer-activist Derrick Jensen, entitled "Forget Shorter Showers." The piece is a … [Read more...]

Philip Yancey: Knowing a good God in his good world

What inspires us? What gives expression to who God is? What fills us with a recognition of the Spirit of God moving through the earth and stirring in our souls? Is it simply the songs we sing in worship services? The prayers we offer in our small … [Read more...]

Oversimplifying Simplicity?

"Modern life has given us useful, inventive solutions to our complex challenges, bettering life but distancing us from the ability to live simply and knowledgeably off the land." - Lisa Graham McMinn, from her book The Contented Soul Reading The … [Read more...]

Analog to Digital: Making the Switch Responsibly

With the upcoming national switch from analog to digital television (June 12!), waste facilities around the country are expecting an unprecedented dumping of old TVs at their door, as folks jump for sets with digital tuners. Many of these facilities … [Read more...]

Getting Technology Right

"What WALL-E Got Right." That was the title of a talk Andy Crouch gave at the 2009 Flourish Conference, and if you've seen the charming, intelligent Pixar film about a robot who is much more than metal and electrical pathways, you undoubtedly … [Read more...]

Smog Season and Kids

Atlanta's smog season started May 1, and runs through September 30. That means weather conditions are more likely to create unhealthy air out of the pollution that comes from vehicle tailpipes and power plant smokestacks. Smog requires pollution, … [Read more...]