One of our favorite posts, originally published Jan 15, 2009:
I’m writing this in – actually near – Washington DC, arguably the most “powerful” city in our contemporary world. It is both the seat of government of what is, for now, the lone superpower on earth. The city and its surrounding communities are therefore inhabited by people who are powerful because their hands are on the levers of government. And by many more who influence, or at least who are seeking to influence the former group.
Watching this city go through a power-transition, I’ve made several observations:
Our blog has been on about a nine-month sabbatical as other ministry and organizational obligations, including kicking off the three-year Lausanne Creation Care and the Gospel global campaign last March, kept us from the task (and joy!) of writing.
But we’re coming back. Starting the first week of September, we expect to be publishing at least three posts each week under multiple authorship. I (Ed Brown) will bring one post a week, Brittany Ederer, Care of Creation Special Projects Coordinator, will do another, and we’ll also have periodic contributions from Andrea Ebley, our Church Outreach Coordinator and Kermit Hovey, our Director of Operations and Development.
In the meantime, we’re going to republish some of our favorites from the first three years of the blog. We hope you enjoy, are blessed or perhaps occasionally disturbed, and that you’ll join in the conversation with us either on these pages or on Facebook or Twitter.
This is article is a repost from InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholar’s Blog. Thanks to Tom Grosh for permission to cross-post.
The topic of a recent cover story in Christianity Today is shaking up not only the world of missions, but also academia. The World the Missionaries Made is a report on the work of Robert Woodberry, a sociologist currently researching at the Political Science Department of the National University of Singapore. CT’s Executive Editor Andy Crouch calls it the CT cover story of which he is most proud. Its thesis and Woodberry’s work support a remarkable conclusion – that a generation of “conversionary protestant missionaries” (see note) laid a foundation for democracy around the world. Continue reading
What exactly does an organization like Care of Creation Kenya (sister organization to Care of Creation Inc. which I direct) do, and whatever it is, does it make a difference? Here’s a blog post from the Alliance for Religions and Conservation in the UK, reporting on the experience of a woman in Tanzania who took experienced one of CCK’s training programs in Nairobi. Does it make a difference? Judge for yourself:
A surprise phone call from Tanzania
By Susie Weldon, July 23, 2013:
||ARC’s Susie Weldon on a visit to farming projects in Uganda
I was heading home from work near Bath, UK, the other day when I got the best call I’d had for weeks. I didn’t recognise the number but I knew it was from Africa. The voice on the line was Judith Atamba, a minister with the Methodist Church in Tanzania.
The last time I’d spoken to Judith was 14 months earlier, after she’d made the two-day trek from her post near Lake Victoria in Tanzania to attend a workshop I’d organised in Kenya on Farming God’s Way.
And now here she was on my mobile phone, her voice full of enthusiasm. “I want to tell you I’ve been going everywhere preaching about Farming God’s Way,” she shouted down the crackly line. “I tell everyone about it – and now I have managed to get a good piece of land to set up demonstration farms.” …
[Read the rest of the post on the ARC website here.]
For the next four weeks I will be guest-authoring a series on Lausanne and Creation Care on InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars blog. Part 1 has just been posted. Here’s how it starts:
The “whole gospel” includes caring for God’s creation.
That is one important conclusion that comes from reading the landmark Cape Town Commitment (CTC) the latest signature document of the Lausanne Movement. The CTC is historically important for the entire evangelical family, but particularly for those of us involved in the creation care movement…
Read the rest at the Emerging Scholars Blog here.