Wendell Berry

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

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.”

Ashley Woodiwiss’s bittersweet meditation on reading Wendell Berry then and now.

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.”

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

The environmental crisis is a crisis of character. How do we develop and employ virtues like prudence, courage, faith, and hope to confront it?

“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.”

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: [...]

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

Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger, a leader in the creation care movement, responds to Wendell Berry’s essay on stewardship, “The Gift of Good Land,” 30 years after its original publication.

A poem for the season

October 2, 2009

Stewardship and gratitude must be our responses to the grace that, as Wendell Berry writes in his poem “Wild Geese,” “what we need is here.”