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...]

The Gift of Good Land

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By Wendell Berry Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009   “Dream not of other Worlds …” Paradise Lost VIII, 175 We asked Christian leaders to offer fresh reactions to Mr. Berry's essay. We got quite a response. My purpose here is … [Read more...]

Allen Johnson on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Allen Johnson, co-founder and coordinator of Christians for the Mountains. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published 30 years ago, and we reprinted it in the … [Read more...]

Dean Ohlman on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Dean Ohlman, who manages the website Wonder of Creation for RBC Ministries. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published 30 years ago, and we reprinted it in the … [Read more...]

Toolshed: Batten Down the Hatches

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Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009   Winter is a good time for lots of things: hearty soup, skiing, snow days, hot tea, and good books. But it’s also the perfect time to save energy and reduce your resource use with a thoroughly winterized home. … [Read more...]

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Food, Inc.: A movie only for those who eat.

Reviewed by Rachel Stone Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009   The old story goes that when Adam and Eve realized what they'd done, they hid from God, much as my four year-old hides when he's taking apart the computer keyboard, or when … [Read more...]

Kristen Page on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Kristen Page, a disease ecologist and professor at Wheaton College in Illinois. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published 30 years ago, and we reprinted it in … [Read more...]

Tri Robinson on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from pastor, author, and sustainable homesteader Tri Robinson. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published 30 years ago, and we reprinted it in the Fall 2009 issue of … [Read more...]

On Respect for Plants

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By Gregory L. Bock Flourish Magazine Fall 2009   In “The Silent Scream of the Asparagus: Get Ready for ‘Plant Rights,’” (The Weekly Standard, 5/12/2008), Wesley J. Smith ridicules the Swiss government for advocating the dignity of … [Read more...]

Ashley Woodiwiss on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Ashley Woodiwiss, who has taught and written widely about Berry's work. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published 30 years ago, and we reprinted it in the Fall … [Read more...]

Michael Abbaté on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Michael Abbaté, an architect, author, and Flourish 2009 conference speaker. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published 30 years ago, and we reprinted it in the … [Read more...]

Norman Wirzba on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Norman Wirzba, a friend of Wendell Berry's whose writing and teaching explores the intersection of faith, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies. “The … [Read more...]

Flourish Book Review: Scouting the Divine by Margaret Feinberg

Reviewed by Kristyn Komarnicki Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009 Like members of the early church, contemporary Christians consider God’s Word to be alive with truth and meaning, and we search the pages of our Bible for insights and guidance. But … [Read more...]

John Murdock on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from John Murdock, a natural resources attorney in Washington, DC and a friend of Flourish to whom we owe a lot: it was John's idea to recognize the 30th anniversary of … [Read more...]