Year End Creation Care Ideas from the Flourish Archives

By Andy Patton [Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] 2010 has come and (almost) gone so we here at Flourish are taking a retrospective look back into … [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...]

Giving the Good Life: A Conscientious Christmas Catalog

Rubiera and her husband in their greenhouse.

by Corbyn Small [Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] This is it, the time of year we’ve all been waiting for: the holiday season! It’s a time … [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...]

Four Ways to Fight the Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

A Haitian girl in the La Piste camp.

by Joanna and Rusty Pritchard [Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Depressing news on the phone this morning: a colleague in Haiti sent a team … [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...]

How to Start Recycling at Church

Public use recycling bin.

[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...]

Sunday School: Taking it Outside

Open window with curtain.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] In many parts of the U.S., September is summer’s last gasp. (If this is not the case where you live, enjoy that … [Read more...]

What a Flooded Pakistan Needs Most and How You Can Help

Children after flooding in Pakistan.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Pakistan had already had a difficult summer by the time record amounts of monsoon rainfall deluged its … [Read more...]

Trash Your Cell Phone for Good

Pile of cell phones

[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...]