The Flourishing Church: Ecclesia Fights for Life on All Fronts

ecclesia-community-garden

by Lindsey Howald Patton Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   When the harsh 2009 winter came through Texas, it wrecked a small community garden on Houston’s Frances Street. It left row after neat, cinderblock-lined row in a frozen, crippled … [Read more...]

Nature Observation Walk

For larger preserves, follow a trail map

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Gather a small group of folks from your church and head out for some backyard eco-tourism! A nature observation … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: John Calvin is Overwhelmed

Grand Canyon colors.

You cannot in one glance survey this most vast and beautiful system of the universe in all its wide expanse, without being completely overwhelmed by the boundless force of its brightness. - John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion … [Read more...]

The Global Dinner Table: How what we eat here affects lives everywhere

World population over time.

by Tim Schubert Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   As typical members of society in the United States, we think very little about the food we eat. We rarely consider the source of our food, who grew it and how it was grown, its nutritional … [Read more...]

The Neighborly Arts: How Skills Contribute to Community

Hands kneading bread dough.

by Mark T. Mitchell [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Several years ago, I had dinner with a group that included a well-known economist. It soon … [Read more...]

Earth in Art

Jennifer Lynn Haas

Images and text by Jennifer Lynn Haas Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   Tree of Life (2008) Acrylic wash, water-soluble wax pastels, charcoal, conte on paper “Tree of Life” came to me rather quickly after much internal … [Read more...]

Bagging Plastic (and Paper!) with Your Own Reusable Bags

Pink plastic flamingoes with a plastic bag.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] “Paper or plastic?” Those used to be our only choices at the grocery store checkout line. Fortunately, our … [Read more...]

Save Rain by Reviving the Rain Barrel

Multiple rain barrels.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] A fetid swamp enclosed by rotting wood and crawling with algae and mosquito larvae. That’s the image the … [Read more...]

A Call to Compassion, Not Complicity, for Creation’s Groaning

"Acid Rain Kills" sign.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Kendra Langdon Juskus In the 2009 film An Education, the lead character, Jenny, an intelligent—but … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Irenaeus

"These creatures minister to our needs every day: without them we could not live; and through them the human race greatly offends the Creator. We fail every day to appreciate so great a blessing by not praising as we should the Creator and Dispenser … [Read more...]

Inside Flourish

From Kendra Langdon Juskus, Managing Editor Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   Where does one draw the line between daily, domestic life and the global dimensions of history and humanity? Is there even a line to be drawn? These questions … [Read more...]

Support Healthy Transportation: Host a Bike Repair Day at Church

Boy on a bike with no pedals.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] It’s summertime, when the bicycle is the preferred seasonal mode of transportation. But getting on a bike this summer means … [Read more...]

Recapturing the Pioneer Spirit for Creation Care in the 21st Century

Tile depicting a covered wagon

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Tri Robinson Each morning I have the habit of rising early and feeding all of the animals while a pot of coffee brews in … [Read more...]

Adopt-a-Highway and Adopt an Important Role in Your Community

Adopt-a-Highway sign against a sunrise

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] Adoption is a word Christians may be more accustomed to using and hearing than most folks. For instance, we talk a lot about … [Read more...]