The Bounty of Community Supported Agriculture

CSA's are for everyone!

by Kendra Langdon Juskus [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Is it Christmas already?! Nope. But this is indeed a bounty of red and green gifts. They came … [Read more...]

Don’t Throw it Out! Give Old Books New Life With a Book Donation Day

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Children grow up, parents downsize, moves happen, and before you know it, that comprehensive collection of Berenstein Bears books no longer has a place in your home. But 100-plus books seems like an awful lot of paper (and good reading material) to … [Read more...]

Christian Environmental Stewardship: More Than Going Green

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Kendra Langdon Juskus “Personal happiness, joy, and fulfillment are not what we seek first of all in life. Instead we … [Read more...]

A Church Yard Butterfly Garden Invites Wings into Worship

Peacock butterfly on rosemary

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] There is a reason why children capture butterflies in nets, why guests release butterflies at weddings, why tourists … [Read more...]

The “Other” Environmental Crisis

Overcrowded neighborhood in India

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Rusty Pritchard Think the world’s biggest environmental problems are overpopulation and climate change? Think … [Read more...]

Toolshed: Eat What’s in Season; Eat What’s Delicious

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By Rachel Stone Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   Though January is often the time for making resolutions, when it comes to the practice of seasonal eating, the spring and summer months are, for many folks, the best time to start. It’s a … [Read more...]

How Your Church Can Help Shelter Animals Find Their Way Home

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[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] “If 10 percent of folks who purchase pets from pet stores would adopt instead, there would be no animals in … [Read more...]

Stuck in the Oil Spill: Lamenting Our Way of Life

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[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Ragan Sutterfield When I was young, around 10 or 12, there was a small forest behind my house with a creek running … [Read more...]

I See You: Reflections on “Avatar” and the Importance of People and Place

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by Steven Garber Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   Putting on 3-D glasses so that I could “see” the story of Avatar that James Cameron has brought to the screen, twice I joined the millions who made the film millions. For people who … [Read more...]

Two Poems for Spring by Debra Rienstra

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by Debra Rienstra Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   Peonies Even to think of them makes her cry, she told me.  Her great-grandfather, a man of tenderness, grew them well and gave them away by the armful. Such gentle surfeit: silken … [Read more...]

Praying Confidently in the Midst of Disaster

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[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Scott Williams Helpless as at least 12,000 barrels of oil continue to spill into the ocean each day with no end in … [Read more...]

What is an Environmental Missionary?

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by Lowell Bliss Flourish magazine, Spring 2010 At first, the question remained the same, but my answer would change. People asked me, “Lowell, why are you a missionary?” Before I left for India in 1993, I’d tell them my conviction … [Read more...]

Three Steps to a Hosting a Plant Swap at Church!

Let the swapping begin! (cc image courtesy edmittance via flickr)

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] For the avid gardener, there are few events more eagerly anticipated than a bustling, bounteous plant swap. After all, … [Read more...]

Now Available at Your Local Famer’s Market: Apples with Character

Local apples may not always look perfect, but their "character" also means great taste!

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Tracey Bianchi Our local farmer's market opens up in just over a week. For five glorious months I will spend every … [Read more...]