Cooking Efficiently

Father and daughter cooking

By Dr. Rusty Pritchard Efficiency is not an end. It is a means to an end, but a dangerous one. Last Monday, I needed to get dinner made. My four-year-old daughter had a different agenda. She thought swinging and coloring were more important. … [Read more...]

58: The Film premieres in theaters nationwide (get free tickets)

58 the film

One of the great misunderstandings about the care of creation, perpetuated by many environmentalists, is that the main beneficiary of environmental action is...the environment. Don't get me wrong--a Christian worldview clearly recognizes the … [Read more...]

Animal Stewardship and the Care of Creation

Animal stewardship and the care of creation

by Rusty Pritchard For over twenty years I’ve been a student of American environmentalisms. The plural is intentional. Environmental concern flows from many springs, and though some of the streams merge, they also divide, so rarely does it form … [Read more...]

The Real Truth about Haiti and What Your Church Can Do Now and in the Future

Matthew Marek/American Red Cross

by Joanna Pritchard and Rusty Pritchard Going green as a church is an important thing to do. Getting outside is healthy and restorative. Recycling is sensible. Planting churchyard gardens that provide food for neighbors in need is huge. But if … [Read more...]

Eight Starter Ideas for Churches Who Care about Creation

By Jim Jewell and Rusty Pritchard, co-founders, Flourish [This article is from our series of weekly ministry ideas called Cultivating Community.] Flourishing churches are those that draw people to God, encourage balanced spiritual growth, grow … [Read more...]

What do YOU see in the full moon?

The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. (1 Co 15:41 NIV) by Rusty Pritchard Full moon tonight. What do you see when you look up at the moon? Do you see the … [Read more...]

Keeping It Real in the Market for Christmas Trees


by Rusty Pritchard Does the prospect of choosing a Christmas tree fill you with the same environmental angst that you get when confronted with “paper or plastic”? or “cloth or disposable diapers”? Those are actually two very hard … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving as an argument for creation care


by Rusty Pritchard [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections called "Deep Down Things" (named from the poem "God's Grandeur" by Christian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins).] Here at Flourish, we regularly claim that the real … [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...]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Conference

Peter Illyn speaks at Flourish 2009

By Rusty Pritchard I suppose I knew it would happen. I had a pretty good talk prepared to open the Flourish conference. Then I saw who was there, and I rewrote it on the spot. Well, re-scribbled it, anyway. I think I kept most of the jokes. But I … [Read more...]

Smog Season and Kids

Atlanta's smog season started May 1, and runs through September 30. That means weather conditions are more likely to create unhealthy air out of the pollution that comes from vehicle tailpipes and power plant smokestacks. Smog requires pollution, … [Read more...]

Flourish’s Jonathan Merritt Reviews “Earth”


Over at Relevant magazine's website, Flourish's own Jonathan Merritt has a film review of the new Disneynature movie "Earth", opening tomorrow (on Earth Day) in theaters nationwide. He writes, in part: When the film opens, the audience is … [Read more...]

Grow More Food in Less Space

ESA ePistle reader Doug Lass wrote in about the square-foot gardening method last week in response to my "Plant with Purpose" post (reposted here on the Flourish Blog). The Pritchard family started square foot gardening about three years ago. We have … [Read more...]

New Discussion Guide available for Disneynature’s Earth

In cooperation with Disneynature, the new production arm of Disney, Flourish has produced a Discussion Guide for the soon-to-be-released film Earth. It has its own page for now--find it at … [Read more...]