Environmental Ethics: Bringing Creation Care Down to Earth

By David P. Gushee Flourish magazine, Fall 2010 Prior to the emergence of the modern environmental movement in the 1960s, Western Christianity had lost touch with the resources for a creation care ethic that were present within the Bible … [Read more...]

Inside Flourish

From Kendra Langdon Juskus, Managing Editor Flourish magazine, Fall 2010   We chose Flourish as the name for this organization and this publication because the word implies a full-orbed thriving of things in every direction; all … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Jürgen Moltmann Distinguishes Between “Nature” and “Creation”

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For centuries, men and women have tried to understand God's creation as nature, so that they can exploit it in accordance with the laws science has discovered. … [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...]

Quotable Creation Care: N.T. Wright on Cultivation vs. Force

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The creation stories in Genesis 1 and 2, some of the most profound and evocative stories ever written, certainly don’t envisage humans tyrannizing creation.  Try doing that to a garden, … [Read more...]

A Rooted People: Church, Place, and Agriculture in an Urban World

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by Chris Smith [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Many of humanity’s problems stem from our tendency to live in such a way that we imagine … [Read more...]

How to Start Recycling at Church

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[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The new “Three R’s,” as we well know, are Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The “R’s” come in that … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: George Washington Carver Listens to the Voice of God

Reading about nature is fine, … [Read more...]

The Forgotten Pollution

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by Matthew Sleeth [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] As an emergency room physician, I often worked 24-hour shifts. Emergency room doctors are not … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Sacrament and Desecration from Wendell Berry

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To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. … [Read more...]

Toolshed: Canning the Summer Garden’s Gems

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By Christiana Peterson Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   Canning is a method of preserving food invented by a confectioner and brewer in 19th century France when the government offered money to anyone who could come up with a way to preserve … [Read more...]

Trash Your Cell Phone for Good

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[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The frequent cell phone upgrades that come with most phone plans keep us up-to-date with cell phone technology … [Read more...]

Sprouts: Items of interest springing up in the creation care community

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Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   Five Questions For: Tracey Bianchi Flourish managing editor Kendra Langdon Juskus first met Tracey Bianchi at a suburban diner on a hot summer’s day in 2008. Over mozzarella sticks and milkshakes they shared … [Read more...]

Extending the Front Porch: Four Steps to Becoming a Bike-Friendly Church

Utility doesn't trump artistry, even in the bike rack! www.pedbikeimages.org / Dan Burden

by Kendra Langdon Juskus [Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] One day this summer, my husband and I traveled to church in a new way: by bike! … [Read more...]