I moved from a rural farming town to the “big city” to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, and I’ve lived in Madison ever since. I felt that I’ve always fit in here, and I’m proud when I tell people where I live–after all, Madison and her suburbs consistently receive recognition in contests of “Best Place to Live, Raise a Family, #1 City to Live in 2015,” and that’s pretty cool. According to some sources, we are also the #1 Greenest City in America! Recently, I became aware of information that pretty much shatters my paradigm that Madison is a near-perfect place. The 2013 Race to Equity report, undertaken to promote greater public awareness of racial disparity in Dane County Continue reading →
“Half of the apartments in New York City are occupied by single individuals.”
Listening to To the Best of our Knowledge on NPR this morning, that phrase jumped out at me. The topic for the morning was loneliness and solitude, and for the most part, the comments were interesting if predictable. Yes, our culture has made us lonelier than we’ve been in the past. No, there is no difference between men and women – both genders are equally lonely, though (again, predictably) men tend to be less likely Continue reading →
We live in an age that stumbles and staggers over disruption after disruption. Each year, month, week, day, hour, even minute something new interrupts the normal progress or activity of life and society. Droughts prevent farmers in California from planting and harvesting. New ride services like Uber and Lyft prevent cab companies from getting all the customers they used to in cities large and small. An Ebola epidemic prevents traditional rhythms of embrace and connection in West African communities. A six foot November snowfall prevents travel and commerce in Buffalo, NY.
What does this mean? Will we sustain, that is endure or survive, disruption or will we disrupt sustainability and see disruption keep us from surviving and thriving? How should we deal with disruptions? Should we, can we, hope to prevent them? Ignore them? Eliminate them? Control them? Reduce Continue reading →
Does the idea of bicycling to your workplace strike fear into your heart? Perhaps you imagine the aftermath of encountering an angry driver: they honk at you, causing you to swerve off the road, tumble pell-mell down an embankment, and land in a briar of buckthorns and raspberry bushes. Or, less dramatically, you imagine showing up to work in total disarray, with sweat under your armpits and a severe case of helmet hair.
Originally posted September 27th, 2011. I (Brittany) am now a UW-Madison graduate and a full-time staff member at Care of Creation.
This summer Brittany Ederer, a student at UW-Madison, served as an intern in the Care of Creation office in Madison. Based on her interest in camping, education nature and environment, we assigned her to start a survey project of Christian camps in Wisconsin, the upper Midwest and then throughout the country. Are there Christian camps who are actively promoting creation care as part of their camp program? Are they using creation care principles in caring for their properties? This blog post is a preliminary report on a visit to one camp not far from Madison. It turns out one of the best examples of creation care at camp is right in our own back yard. We’re looking forward to a complete report from Brittany later on, but in the meantime, enjoy her thoughts on what’s going on at Timber-lee…
(Originally published March 31, 2009. This is still an important meeting grounds for those of us involved in caring for creation–science helps us know how to best take care of God’s world. There was a recent article on Today’s Christian Woman entitled, “Embracing Science” that gets into the nitty gritty of why faith and science go hand-in-hand, not in combat but in worship.)
It was a brief and on the surface completely unremarkable conversation. Two conference speakers complimenting each other on their talks, discussing points each one appreciated in the other’s presentation. Continue reading →
A Conversation about God, His Creation and Our Role in Creation