Flourish magazine

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.

Living and acting in faith, gratitude, and humility helps heal the diseases that plague both land and people.

“Berry has reminded me that true heroism is far more dependent on a life that tenaciously makes consistent, long term, and righteous choices than one that pursues the notoriety of being an advocate for reformation.”

On Respect for Plants

January 18, 2010

Do plants have rights? Switzerland’s constitution says “yes.” Is this disrespectful toward human rights or something closer to a biblical worldview?

Down to earth. According to author and architect Michael Abbaté, that’s where Wendell Berry brings the values that guide us as Christians, keeping us from being “so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.”

“If stewardship is to be anything more than a good intention it must saturate and transform daily economic life so that the health of habitats and humans together can be achieved.”

Margaret Feinberg unearths surprises and blessings from the Bible’s pastoral texts through the testimony of those who live closest to the land.

In the prairie–worthless by conventional economic measures–writer Cindy Crosby find the invaluable.

“We cannot set out to make our living, if we are to be neighborly, by depriving and destroying our commonwealth—our common gift of good land.”

“Don’t Panic!” That’s Julie Clawson’s advice for right living in her book, “Everyday Justice,” reviewed here by Tracey Bianchi.

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Denis Haack, the co-founder and co-director of Ransom Fellowship. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published thirty years ago, and we reprinted it in the Fall 2009 issue of Flourish Magazine to celebrate Mr. Berry’s work, but also to provoke some questions: [...]

Learn Margaret Feinberg’s environmental indulgence and find out what motivates us to care about creation in this Fall 2009 edition of Sprouts.

Are there examples of churches doing creation care in life-giving ways? Yes!

Wendell Berry inspires Margaret Feinberg to creation care through his reminder that the land is a gift.