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Life After Devastation

How do you move forward when the worst has happened? At some point in our lives, we’ll all experience something not going to plan. For some of us, these disruptions may be especially devastating. And unfortunately, in certain parts of the world, these are unfortunately more commonplace. In many parts of exploited countries, life is […]
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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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Protecting God’s Creation

What motivates Christians to care about climate? This is a question many have asked, from both within and outside the faith. While people in general may have all kinds of reasons for concern- from uncertainty towards the future to concern for the poor, how this is influenced by people’s spiritual beliefs stirs up a lot […]
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Knowledge Empowers

Empowerment often takes the form of learning When it comes to community development, you can give away food. You can give clothing. You can give scholarships, or water, or trees. These are all things that are all deeply needed in many parts of the world, and there are many times when giving directly to address […]
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When it comes to the environment, is there a case for hope?

How hopeful do you feel when it comes to the environment “I’ll be honest, sometimes it can feel like there are many reasons why finding hope is difficult,” explained Plant With Purpose executive director Scott Sabin. Scott’s assessment feels very relatable. Between the rampant threats to places like the Amazon rainforest, the frequent reports of […]
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A Village Homecoming

Displacement affects about 10.7 Million people in Africa Displacement refers to somebody who has left their home due to force or a lack of safety, in most cases, conflict. This term differs from refugee status, since refugees are technically defined by crossing a national border. When regional conflicts came to the area of Dushirwe, many […]
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The Role of Empathy in Environmental Protection

  Terence Lester says that “to really understand something, we often need to experience it for ourselves or at least hear the story of someone who has experienced it.” This captures the importance of empathy when it comes to problem solving. And when it comes to understanding our environment and its challenges, empathy is especially […]
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Rolling Up Your Sleeves for Creation Care

Perhaps you’ve been with us on the journey of environmental restoration for some time. You care deeply. You often look at the big picture of what environmental challenges look like across the globe. But for those wanting to get more involved, the big picture can sometimes look too broad. If you’re the type of person […]
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The Crossroads of Faith and Sustainability

The two go hand-in-hand “I’m so happy I discovered your organization. I’m a Christian and I’ve been wondering where my love for the environment fits in with my faith!” This isn’t an unusual comment for us to hear sometimes. There are many people with a deep Christian faith who hold a belief that our responsibility […]
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Overlooked Environmental Quotes from Historical Christian Leaders

Following Jesus and taking care of the planet go hand-in-hand. While today’s churches might easily overlook our role as stewards and caretakers of the planet, this hasn’t always been the case. Throughout church and Biblical history, our relationship with the natural world has often been seen as a reflection of our relationship with God. The […]
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Paddling 22 miles for Plant With Purpose

22 miles on a paddleboard is no easy feat! Will Allen and Emily Bark will be paddling 22 miles from Catalina to Palos Verdes to support Plant With Purpose this month! They have chosen to raise money to plant trees in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of Plant With Purpose’s newer countries where communities […]
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The Geotag Debate

Horseshoe Bend. Havasupai Falls. The Happy Boulders in Bishop, California. It seems like not long ago, these places were under-the-radar beauties for outdoor adventurers. A visit would’ve been a chance to escape into solitude while admiring these natural spectacles. Actually, it wasn’t that long ago. A decade, give-or-take. Today, however, these places get visitors by […]
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We Have Never Felt Stronger

There are times when it’s hard to feel strong. Think of a time in your life when it seems like one challenge after another kept rising up, and it started to take an emotional toll. Sometimes, it’s not just a calamity that can leave you discouraged, but a constant stream of challenges and bad news. […]
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Can You Reap What You Sow?

You reap what you sow, right? You’ve heard the expression, I’m sure. It comes right out of Scripture– several times. Galatians 6:7 reads, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." 2 Corinthians explains that the point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows […]
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Even though they won’t benefit me now.

One principle of sustainability is doing things with benefits that go beyond your lifetime. In one of his most famous poems, "Manifesto", Wendell Berry suggests doing things that we will not live to see the benefit of: Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias. Say that your main crop is the forest that you did not […]
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