A Flourish Interview with Nathan Foster

In 1978, Richard Foster wrote Celebration of Discipline, an exploration of the classical spiritual disciplines, which changed the lives of millions of Christians seeking greater spiritual growth. In 2010, Nathan Foster, Richard’s son, wrote Wisdom … [Read more...]

The Gift of Good Land

By Wendell Berry Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009   “Dream not of other Worlds …” Paradise Lost VIII, 175 We asked Christian leaders to offer fresh reactions to Mr. Berry's essay. We got quite a response. My purpose here is … [Read more...]

Caring for the Earth is Caring for the Poor

Scott Sabin, Executive Director of Plant With a Purpose, frequently gets asked the question: "How do Christians choose between caring for the poor and caring for creation?" The presupposition beneath the question is that you have to choose one or … [Read more...]

Where Did Dominion Go Wrong?

Sometimes it seems like everything shakes down out of the first three chapters of Genesis. In the book of Genesis the Bible presents the story of our first parents that is packed with meaning. In his essay, "What Happened to Dominion?" Dean Ohlman … [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...]

One Woman Turns Trash Into Art… and a Business

According to the EPA the average American produces about 4.4 pounds of trash a day, 29 pounds per week, 1,600 pounds a year. There are lots of ways  to reduce that number that we've talked about at Flourish before such as composting, recycling, … [Read more...]

Data to Design: Infographics About the Earth

Good magazine regularly features infographics that try to present complicated data in aesthetic and understandable ways. Here are five of the best ones about the environment and topics related to caring for Creation. America's Appetite for Energy: … [Read more...]

More Creation Care New Year’s Resolutions From Flourish

For some reason the new year makes us want to change our lives. Call it a quirk of the circular calendar. We join the gym, swear off sweets, promise to call our fathers more. One wonders, if the year were a line and we never came back to the same … [Read more...]

If Only I Would: 7 Creation Care Resolutions for 2011

Light bulb with the words "Resolution is in your hand."

By Jim Jewell [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] I am over 50 years old, but my environmental sensibility is young. It has only been about … [Read more...]

The Liturgy of a Garden Year

Pile of winter squash and pumpkins.

by Erin Tuttle [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] We live by mercy if we live. To that we have no fit reply But working well and giving thanks, Loving … [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...]

Quotable Creation Care: Thomas Merton Explains Our Destruction

Bird taking off over water.

Someone will say: "You worry about birds. Why not worry about people?" … [Read more...]

Acorns: A Harvest Discipline

Acorns scattered across grass in a forest.

by Ragan Sutterfield [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Last night I took a walk and for most of the time my footsteps were accompanied by the sound of … [Read more...]

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

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...]