What a Flooded Pakistan Needs Most and How You Can Help

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Pakistan had already had a difficult summer by the time record amounts of monsoon rainfall deluged its several of its provinces and led to the humanitarian crisis currently debilitating the country. Pakistan’s government and military were [...]

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The Forgotten Pollution

by Matthew Sleeth [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] As an emergency room physician, I often worked 24-hour shifts. Emergency room doctors are not alone—today nearly one-fifth of the world population works in shifts. Our regular patterns of waking and sleeping—called circadian [...]

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Quotable Creation Care: Sacrament and Desecration from Wendell Berry

To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation.

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Toolshed: Canning the Summer Garden’s Gems

By Christiana Peterson Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   Canning is a method of preserving food invented by a confectioner and brewer in 19th century France when the government offered money to anyone who could come up with a way to preserve large amounts of food for their armies. This method, which has remained largely unchanged since [...]

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Trash Your Cell Phone for Good

You get a new one every two years, but what good is an old cell phone in the junk yard? Here’s how your church can turn old electronics into new hope.

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Quotable Creation Care: David Shi Explains What Simplicity Isn’t

Simplicity in its essence demands neither a vow of poverty nor a life of rural homesteading.

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So What’s the Big Deal with Plastic Water Bottles?

There’s no good reason to drink from disposable plastic water bottles.

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Sprouts: Items of interest springing up in the creation care community

Author Tracey Bianchi about hugging trees AND people; a hopeful documentary about food, for once; and China’s rise to energy infamy in this issue of Sprouts from Flourish magazine.

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

Churches are kind of like front porches–except that hardly anyone ever bikes to them. Here’s an easy way to change that.

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A Fecundity of Belief

Some walks open more than just the eyes.

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

Why, according to Lyanda Lynn Haupt, is walking a “necessary practice?”

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The Flourishing Church: Ecclesia Fights for Life on All Fronts

Like everything Houston’s Ecclesia church community pursues, environmental stewardship isn’t “going green.” It’s following God.

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Nature Observation Walk

A nature observation walk with a group of friends gives us fresh air, fellowship, exercise, and a chance to sharpen our observation skills. It can deepen friendships by getting us out of our usual routines, and bring us closer to God. With this activity, you’ll look a little more closely at your surroundings and have a deeper experience of creation. It can be a short walk in a city park or an all-day event further afield.

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The Distinction Between Humans and Animals: Make Way for “Non-Human Persons?”

Is there a line between caring for animals and elevating them to human status?

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