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Make a Spiritual Connection to the Environment

Being an environmentalist is sometimes depressing. We are told that the oceans are rising, the planet is heating, our forests are dying, our polar bears are drowning, our water is drying up, and our air is becoming more and more toxic to breathe.  We try to do our part by recycling and carpooling, but we’re […]

November 25th

Kibbutz Lotan: An Embodiment of Being an EdenKeeper

Recently, I toured the Kibbutz Lotan, an eco-village style Kibbutz in the Arava desert region of central Israel. The Kibbutz was founded on similar principles as this site: that, as God’s children, we have a special place in history as the stewards of planet Earth. We’ve covered the sustainability attributes of the Kibbutz Lotan elsewhere […]

November 25th

Is Pope Francis Going Green?

The meeting between Pope Francis and a group of Argentinean environmentalists made headlines this week.  A picture of the Pope holding an anti-fracking shirt and standing next to environmental activist, Fernando “Pino” Solanas, went viral.  The Pope is also pictured holding a shirt that said “Water is More Precious Than Gold.” During the hour-long meeting the […]

November 14th

Christian Environmentalism in Politics

Christian environmentalism:  it’s a term we don’t see often in American politics.  On the surface, the American political system seems to be divided in two. Democrats and liberals on the left are pro-big government and anti-religious establishment.  They want the government to provide benefits for the poor, disabled, and unhealthy.  They are in favor of […]

November 7th

A Lesson in Humility With Robert Drake

I recently had the privilege to sit down with Robert Drake a chaplain at University of California San Francisco with a unique perspective on how we can connect to God’s Creation. Drake grew up on a YMCA ranch the small town of Elkhart, Indiana, roaming the fields and forests of northern Indiana and southern Michigan.  […]

November 5th

Christian Environmentalists: Part III The Connection

As discussed in Parts I and II, Christians interpret their relationship with the environment differently. Christians who are environmentalists recognize that through a connection with Christ, humans and the environment will obtain deliverance. In the Old Testament, Adam and Eve failed to obey God and fell from grace.  God was no longer going to provide […]

November 4th

Christian Environmentalists: Part II Stewardship

Christian stewardship is the most commonly recognized view of Christian environmentalism.  Basically, stewardship is a recognition that humans do not rule the Earth.  Although in Genesis God gives us “dominion,” God still retains absolute dominion over creation. For the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.  And in all the land […]

November 4th

Christian Environmentalists: Part I Dominionists

Every Christian environmentalist first recognizes that God gave humans “dominion” over the environment.  Biblical support for this view comes from Genesis: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the […]

October 25th