Two Poems

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By John Leax Flourish magazine, Summer 2010 Here Here is the place of order made by daily labor. Against bright sky, the house, limned by spruce and larch, grown old in weathered caring, stands white. Beyond its shadow, the … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Rainer Maria Rilke Greets the New Season

A maple tree in autumn.

Lord: it is time. The summer was immense. Lay your shadow on the sundials and let loose the wind in the fields. - Rainer Maria Rilke, Autumn Day … [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...]

Quotable Creation Care: George Washington Carver Listens to the Voice of God

Reading about nature is fine, … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Lyanda Lynn Haupt and the Necessity of Walking

Street crosswalk figure wearing shoes.

But if we want also to know the earth, to cultivate reverence, to look to wild nature in its myriad forms for inspiration, mentoring, sustenance, and perhaps correction, then walking is a necessary practice. - Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Crow Planet … [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...]

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...]

Poetry: “Requests”

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[Ed. note: Our regular Friday Family Fun editor, Joanna Pritchard, is currently in Haiti, serving with the International Organization for Migration in its earthquake relief efforts. Please keep her and the community she is working with in your … [Read more...]

Three Fun Ideas for a Nature Hike with Kids (or Grownups)

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[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Usually, heading out to the woods or creek to mess around with children is plenty of fun without any special planning. … [Read more...]

Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] Calling citizen scientists! Next week, February 12 -15 2010, there's a fun and easy opportunity for your family to … [Read more...]

Winter Backyard Birding Part 2

Field guide & bird list

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Go deeper: identify your guests and get to know them Once you've set up some backyard birdfeeders as described in Part 1, go … [Read more...]

Feed the Birds in the Bleak Midwinter

Cultivate places where God's creatures can find rest and nourishment in winter.

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] Seeds, berries and insects are scarce in winter. Birds flock to feeders for a welcome meal, especially … [Read more...]