February 2nd, 2011: Not Just for Groundhogs This Year

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] On February 2nd, a reluctant little groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, will be coaxed out of his hole … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: A Prayer of Thanksgiving from Walter Rauschenbusch

Sunbeams shining through a tree.

O God, we thank you for this universe, our great home; for its vastness and its riches, and for the manifoldness of the life which teems upon it and of which we are a part. We praise you for the arching sky and the blessed winds, for the driving … [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...]

Praying Confidently in the Midst of Disaster

gulf-oil-spill-pelican-before-and-after-cleanup

[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...]

A Day of Prayer for Creation

Sunset over water and mountains

Today is the National Day of Prayer for Creation, and Christians around the nation are joining together to pray for the flourishing of creation's health and beauty, the restoration of broken and degraded systems and relationships, and the wisdom to … [Read more...]

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Tragedy: How Your Church Can Help!

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] The Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989 thrust creation's vulnerability into the spotlight for many of us for the … [Read more...]

Out of the Simplicity of Lent, Generosity of Life

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] This pre-Easter period of Lent is shaped by the comingling of contemplation, germination, and expectation in our lives and … [Read more...]

A Steward’s Prayer

Handful of dirt.

by John Silvius1 Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009 1 Father in Heaven, Thank you for Your abiding presence At the dawn of this new day. The glory of Your throne shines forth, The heavens show Your wisdom on display; And together Your Word and … [Read more...]

10.21.09: DAY OF PRAYER FOR GOD’S CREATION!

Many of us thank God each day for the creation he has provided to sustain, fortify, and delight his people. But tomorrow has been designated by Renewal, one of Flourish's partner organizations, as a special day of prayer. It's a day when, whether or … [Read more...]

One month from today …

Renewal, a student-led creation care organization engaging Christian college students in environmental stewardship, will be holding its second annual Day of Prayer for God's Creation on October 21. With a conviction that prayer is central to the … [Read more...]