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Eco-discipleship: The act of studying and learning from creation

The Good News of Jesus is Good News for all of creation. One of the core ideas underlying the practice of ecological discipleship (eco discipleship), is drawing closer to God through study and engagement in the natural world. Musician Audrey Assad expresses, “I used to laugh at people who called nature a church. It mystified […]
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We're Resurrection People, After All!

The following is a letter from our Creative Director, Philippe Lazaro, on what happens when a global pandemic runs into Easter- a day where we celebrate resurrection. What a month it’s been. To echo a Tweet by Andy Crouch I read, “Honestly, I hadn’t planned on giving up this much for Lent.” There’s something oddly […]
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Restoring civility is a necessary step towards sustainability

A divisive social climate contributes to an unsustainable global climate It’s a presidential election year in the United States, and unsurprisingly political tensions and anxieties run high. There has been no shortage of words about the way our world is extremely polarized and divided. Spend more than a small amount of time online, and you’ll […]
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I’m concerned about climate. Why should I support a Christian environmental organization?

“The faithful have a long tradition of ministering to and seeking justice for the most vulnerable and providing the action we need to achieve a just and healthy world. As such, the faithful are leading on climate solutions today.” –Kara Ball, Blessed Tomorrow Plant With Purpose is a Christian environmental organization. It’s a key part […]
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Eco-Discipleship: How God calls us to learn from nature

We often overlook the way nature teaches us about God It’s not uncommon to hear people explain how a little time in nature helps people feel closer to God. But the idea of spending time in nature as a spiritual discipline can still be startling for many people. “I used to laugh at people who […]
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Who gets left out of environmental storytelling?

Environmental storytelling has often failed to focus on the communities that are most impacted The people most vulnerable to climate change are those living in the poorest areas. This has been a consistent area of focus for Plant With Purpose. It is the reason why we work in the places where we work. The 800 […]
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Loving your neighbor means protecting their ecosystem

The most important command about how we treat each other is clear: Love “This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two.” –Matthew 22:36-40 Christians widely recognize that Love is central to our purpose on Earth. […]
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Faith, culture, and identity shape environmental efforts around the planet

What moves people to actually care for the environment at a local level? Duang Dee lives in Thailand, though he himself is Karen. The Karen are an ethinic group in Southeast Asia that do not have their own formal country. Instead, they live between Thailand and Myanmar. Historically, the areas of northern Myanmar have been […]
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Welcoming the Stranger: the Congolese community we could all learn from

Their past was riddled with conflict. Their future is about security and abundance. Nobody would consider Kakumba an easy place to live. Simply getting to it takes extensive climbing up steep hills and mountain sides, on trails that are often inaccessible due to rain… or worse. It wasn’t long ago that the conflicts that have […]
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There's no such thing as a sustainable trend

Environmental concern is urgent. It is also timeless. Have you ever caught yourself thinking, wow, this sustainability trend sure is taking off, isn’t it? You’d have good reason for thinking that. Fidelity, the investment giant declared last year as the year “sustainability went mainstream” declaring that “professional and private investors alike are realizing that sustainability […]
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Three Purpose-Filled Adventures we saw in 2019

It’s been a great year for adventurers seeking to restore the planet while challenging themselves. From paddle boards to bikes to running trails, we saw so many of you in the Plant With Purpose family embark on creative fundraising adventures. All funds raised went towards supporting our mission of restoration. Will Allen and Emily Bark […]
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Renewal runs through the story of Christmas

What does Advent have to do with sustainability? The season of advent and the anticipation of Christmas allow us to think about our lives and our world in the framework of hope, waiting, and redemption. When it comes to the conversation surrounding the environment, these themes are definitely at play. Advent is a season where […]
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How is God at work in the environment?

Paying attention to God’s involvement in the environment gives us a more encouraging way forward. “Jesus said my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” explained Phileena Heurtz. “When I consider the state of our world and the concern of the future for our planet, it feels very heavy. It can be depressing.” “But, […]
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What does it take to be thankful?

Imagine what gratitude looks like at its most intense level There’s no real way to measure who the most grateful person in the world must be, but can you imagine what life must look like for that person? A deep appreciation for practically everything and an overflow of joy towards life. It’s probably easy to […]
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Children Deserve Better

Children are the most affected by our environmental choices People widely recognize the fact that children have the most to gain or lose based on how we treat our environment. In fact, providing a better life for children and grandchildren was the most frequently cited answer in a survey of reasons why people care about […]
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