More Creation Care New Year’s Resolutions From Flourish

My wife, Lindsey, and I out for a walk.

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...]

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...]

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...]

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

Drew Ward

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...]

Cultivating Community: Bike-to-Church Day

Ever try biking in your Sunday best? (www.pedbikeimages.org / Trey Lyons

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] May is National Bike Month, and this week, in particular, is Bike-to-Work Week. That means that towns and cities across … [Read more...]

The Front Porch and the Garden

The front porch of the home that used to occupy the lot where the author is building a new, more sustainable, home.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays. It is also a response to our Front Porch series of articles, published in February.] by Bill Randall As an architect, I … [Read more...]

Toyotas (and Fords) 600 times more dangerous than media reports

Safer bike routes and access to public transportation, not fixed accelerators, will make transportation safe.  www.pedbikeimages.org / Laura Sandt

by Rusty Pritchard An estimated 19 people have died in crashes related to unexpected acceleration in Toyota-made vehicles over the last decade. This has led to a national uproar, dominating the news cycle and flooding dealers with recalled autos … [Read more...]

Front Porch Revival: The Past, Present, and Possibility of a Neighborhood Mainstay

Lovely retreat and so much more.

By Kendra Langdon Juskus [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] As Black History Month, February gives us the opportunity to reflect on defining moments and … [Read more...]

Don’t Walk Alone: Doing walkability audits as a church community

Why did the children cross the road? Because they could! www.pedbikeimages.org / Dan Burden

What is the closest shop to your church? Or place to eat lunch? The nearest residential street? School? Can you walk to these places after leaving a Sunday service? Can the church staff walk to any significant destinations during the week? Does it … [Read more...]

Livability, Walkability, and Environmental Justice

Flourish was at the annual Christian Community Development Association Conference (CCDA) in Cincinnati, on Saturday, October 24, where I gave a presentation called "Green-the-Hood: Livability, Walkability, and Environmental Justice." It's adapted … [Read more...]