Famine to Feast: The Story of Anathoth Community Garden

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by Fred Bahnson Flourish magazine, Summer 2010 The story of Anathoth Community Garden really begins with a murder. On a June afternoon in 2004, Bill King was closing up his shop on the corner of Mill Creek and Carr Store roads when someone … [Read more...]

Film Review | The Economics of Happiness

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Reviewed by John Murdock Flourish magazine, Spring 2011   The Economics of Happiness The International Society for Ecology & Culture, 2011, 67 minutes “Why does Hugo Chavez want me to see this movie?” That was the … [Read more...]

Beyond the “Green” Commandments

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By Dave Timmer Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 Recently I watched a news clip of a woman plugging her new book on “green” living from a faith perspective. Like so many others, her book gives ideas for living a “green” … [Read more...]

Good Comes from a Grateful Heart

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By Lisa Graham McMinn Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   I used to think being a responsible shopper meant that I was frugal with our family dollars. So I clipped coupons and shopped where I could get the best deals on canned tomatoes, … [Read more...]

Mark Your Calendars for the Garden Year

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[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...]

A Shopping “Mallternative” for Christmas: Host a Church Holiday Market

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[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...]

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...]

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

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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...]

Ten Ways to Grow Your Own Food(shed)

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by Tom Peterson [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] You may have already connected with your area farmers by eating some of their delicious peaches or … [Read more...]

Fresh from the Farm: Reasons to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

Peppers and potatoes for sale at a local farmers market.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Asparagus spears that are crisp and freshly pulled from the earth. Peaches with sweetness; blueberries with tang. Onions … [Read more...]

Cultivate Community by Sharing Your Skills (and your truck, and your weed whacker…)

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[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] In his article “The Neighborly Arts: How Skills Contribute to Community,” Mark T. Mitchell challenges our best … [Read more...]

The Neighborly Arts: How Skills Contribute to Community

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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...]

Sprawling From Sea to Shining Sea: The Need for a New Urbanism

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by Drew Ward Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   In my pocket I carry keys to my 2005 PT Cruiser and my Southern California suburban house, and I usually have little loose change, too. Ordinary stuff, really. Or is it? I got to thinking about … [Read more...]

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

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[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...]