Fall 2011 Sprouts

Chris Elisara of the Creation Care Study Program.

Flourish, Fall 2011 Five Questions For: Chris Elisara Chris Elisara is an energetic entrepreneur in the world of creation care education. He started the Creation Care Study Program in 1996 and still directs this environmental study abroad … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Madeleine L’Engle on the Seduction of Success

Hand grabbing money.

How to stay open? How to make sure that the voice we hear is the voice of the Lord? There are all kinds of dirty devices that get in the way, a principal one being the climate of success in which we live, … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: And Heaven and Nature Sing

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing. … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Jan Richardson on What is to Come

Silhouette of a man waiting under a tree.

The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. It is not possible to keep it from coming, because it will. … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Abraham Joshua Heschel on the Sabbath that Sustains

A cat asleep on a couch.

All our life should be a pilgrimage to the seventh day; the thought and appreciation of what this day may bring to us should be ever present in our minds. For the Sabbath is the counterpoint of living; … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: John James Audubon Charges Us With Reverence

Shimmering snow falling through mountain pines.

Where is the person, I ask, who on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: A Prayer of Thanksgiving from Walter Rauschenbusch

Sunbeams shining through a tree.

O God, we thank you for this universe, our great home; for its vastness and its riches, and for the manifoldness of the life which teems upon it and of which we are a part. We praise you for the arching sky and the blessed winds, for the driving … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Thomas Merton Explains Our Destruction

Bird taking off over water.

Someone will say: "You worry about birds. Why not worry about people?" … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Economy According to Rod Dreher

We cannot carry on indefinitely under an economic system that pillages our resources, divides our communities, weakens our families, and compromises our character. … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: William Wilberforce’s Sabbath Perspective

Tallgrass prairie and blue sky.

Blessed be God for the day of rest and religious occupation wherein earthly things assume their true size. - William Wilberforce, from his journal … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Jürgen Moltmann Distinguishes Between “Nature” and “Creation”

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For centuries, men and women have tried to understand God's creation as nature, so that they can exploit it in accordance with the laws science has discovered. … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Marilynne Robinson is Willing to See

Spiderweb in sunlight.

Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: N.T. Wright on Cultivation vs. Force

Nicaraguan church with overgrown rooftop.

The creation stories in Genesis 1 and 2, some of the most profound and evocative stories ever written, certainly don’t envisage humans tyrannizing creation.  Try doing that to a garden, … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Richard Foster Puts First Things First

Clay flower pots in black and white.

Focus upon the kingdom produces the inward reality, and without the inward reality we will degenerate into legalistic trivia. Nothing else can be central. … [Read more...]