Creation Care

You and your children will learn the basic principles of composting, build a compost container, and maintain the compost pile for a home-grown supply of free, organic compost to enrich your garden soil.

One night, one message: The church united to care for God’s creation.

This family nature activity is a great way to get connected to the birds in your backyard in as little as 15 minutes. Contribute to real bird conservation efforts just by counting what you see. No previous bird expertise required!

A long life of faith and stewardship is rocked and disturbed by Wendell Berry’s admonitions in “The Gift of Good Land.”

Winter is the perfect time to save energy and reduce your resource use by sealing up and insulating your home against the cold. Here’s a thorough guide to the most important energy-reduction measures you can take!

Plan Your Wildlife Habitat

January 29, 2010

Food, shelter, water and safe places to raise young are the four essentials for welcoming wildlife. Use this activity to evaluate your current habitat and learn about butterfly gardens, bog gardens, meadows, water features, nesting boxes and more.

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Christian Buckley, author of the forthcoming book Humanitarian Jesus: Social Justice and the Cross. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published 30 years ago, and we reprinted it in the Fall 2009 issue of Flourish Magazine to celebrate Mr. Berry’s work, but [...]

Stop wishing for the perfection of Eden! Turning our perspective instead toward the Promised Land helps us understand how to function in this creation as the messed up folks we are.

It’s not enough for Christians to claim that environmentalism seems like a religion. We have to provide some answers for what to do about that, and see it as the opportunity it is.

Film | “Food, Inc.”

January 25, 2010

“Food, Inc.” reveals what the food industry keeps secret.

Think “saving the earth” is overwhelming? You’re right. We live in neighborhoods and, Wendell Berry argues, must nurture those small parcels of earth before we can think any bigger.

Map your assets and plan what features to build into your yard to produce food and attract wildlife. Use your garden map, dream big about what you’d eventually like to see, put it on your plan, then decide what you can realistically do this year. Maybe just a couple of raised vegetable beds, or a butterfly garden.

Wendell Berry is right to remind us of our responsibility of stewardship. Is he right to tell us what stewardship looks like?

A stream cleanup: A simple way to engage the community and care for creation, all in the amount of time it takes to hold a church potluck!