I have been watching, as I always watch, the delicate dance of animal, flora, weather and human agency, here on our farm in Namibia. There is seldom a time when one or the other doesn’t gain the upper hand, influencing all the others in a direction or tendency; they are never perfectly balanced. If they were, one would have to wonder whether the dance would be so captivating, or whether there would be any drama, any movement, any soul, any growth. Continue reading →
With chagrin, I stared at the giant weed patch that was thriving in the front lawn of my rented house. Last year an enormous, unsightly evergreen bush was removed, and with the sun finally reaching the soil, the weeds proliferated. Care to guess how many hours I’ve spent landscaping? The two-foot tall dandelions, rampant thistles and thorns, and chaotic wanna-be shrubs practically shout the answer: zero! However, I would like to spruce it up and make it beautiful. As I stood in front of this daunting project, I noticed a treasure: a bee balm plant! I didn’t put it there (and the previous tenant surely didn’t, either).Continue reading →
Freshwater can cause entire nations to celebrate or mourn; water can transform a desert overnight into a cacophonous shout of color and life; a steady stream of water can become the anchor of commerce and community for centuries. Water isn’t just the rain that falls or the lakes, marshes and rivers that define our geographical regions; but the groundwater, the aquifers, the glaciers, and polar ice caps. Water means life.
Freshwater, though a seemingly abundant resource for those of us in the Midwestern United States, is quite precious and rare. Do you know how much of the world’s water is freshwater? Less than 4%! Of that tiny bit, over 65% is trapped in glaciers and snow caps. That leaves only 0.76% of the world’s water available to humans in rivers, lakes and underground aquifers. Think of the world’s total water (fresh and salty) as a gallon jug. About ⅔ cup of it would be all the freshwater, but people can only drink, irrigate crops, and manufacture with ⅛ cup. Continue reading →
Care of Creation is 11 years old now, and we’ve been using the same logo for about the last 8 years, I think.
Before that, we didn’t really have a logo – hey, we were still trying to
figure out what this new organization was going to be. We’ve grown up a lot since then; logo and website fashions change, and we thought it was time for a new look…
We were looking for a simple, memorable and symbolic graphic to accompany our name: Continue reading →
Climate Change is not just a scientific or political issue, but a moral and spiritual issue of love and justice touching core issues of faith and Christian life. But here we will first look at the basic facts of climate change (also referred to as Global Warming, Anthropogenic Global Warming, Climate Disruption and more, see NOTE below). In brief, It’s Really Happening, Really Human Caused, Really Serious and We Can Still Really Do Something About It!
Climate Change: It’s Really Happening
Gases in the air allow energy from the sun to reach and warm the surface of the earth. Some of those gases block the heat energy of a warming surface from leaving the planet. These greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide (CO2) – a product of burning things – and methane – a fossil fuel and major byproduct of animal agriculture.
Lab tests, observing the planet, records from the past and many other types of evidence confirm that greenhouse gases allow light energy to pass through them to warm up a surface. They also confirm that those gases block heat energy from leaving. The heat energy that can’t leave builds up to increase temperatures.
Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Book of Common Prayer #41
What joy to behold such beauty as a flower! It is no wonder the delicate aromas, variegated colors and textures that delight the senses have inspired so many poets, artists and thinkers. The arrival of buds dawn the sweet relief of spring. As blooms burst forth, creation once again sings in flowers. During this season we as Christians share together in the joy of celebrating Jesus’ resurrection! Many churches that I have attended throughout my life have more extravagant displays of flowers than usual, commemorating the Paschal feast. Continue reading →
A Conversation about God, His Creation and Our Role in Creation