For the Bible Tells Us So: A church’s biblically conservative approach to creation care

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By Susan Drake Emmerich Flourish, Fall 2011 Moraine Valley Church lies at the heart of an intersection with a Walgreens on one corner, a gas station on another, and strip malls lining the others. It is a church of 700 people located in … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

A Soup Joumou Church Dinner: A Delicious Way to Help Haiti Replant and Renew

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The new year is coming up, and with it, Haiti's independence day on January 1. This has been a brutal year for Haiti, … [Read more...]

Three Ways to Bring the Outdoors In (Even for Christmas!)

Centerpiece of holly, cedar, and hydrangea.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] It’s easy to bring the outdoors in during the spring and summer months, when bouquets of fresh flowers adorn … [Read more...]

Mark Your Calendars for the Garden Year

Advent wreath with candles.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] This weekend Christians will celebrate the second Sunday of Advent, marking—with excitement and hope—that we … [Read more...]

A Rooted Church: Englewood Christian Church

By Chris Smith Flourish magazine, Fall 2010   A 115-year-old congregation in one of Indianapolis’s rougher urban neighborhoods might not be the first image to pop into one’s mind when one thinks of a “green” church. … [Read more...]

A Shopping “Mallternative” for Christmas: Host a Church Holiday Market

Beaded necklaces on display at a holiday market.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] It may seem too early to bring up Christmas, but we know how it goes: In October we have the best intentions … [Read more...]

Clean Up and Green Up Your Church for Winter

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] If you live in a region of the country where the seasons change, you’re probably switching out your shorts and … [Read more...]

What Goes Around Comes Around: The Other Half of the Recycling Equation

Shredded paper.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Psst. Here’s a secret: Recycling paper is worthless if we don’t use recycled paper. … [Read more...]

Building Energy Efficiency into Church

Sun rays shining between trees and clouds.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] So let's just say that, according to last week's article on doing energy audits at church, you congregation … [Read more...]