Category: Article

Liberating Our Waters

by Lydia Wylie-Kellermann Guest Contributor One hot afternoon, my kids and I headed for Belle Isle, dressed in swim suits and looking for relief in the waters of the Detroit River. Cedar, who is now 2, immediately lay down at water’s edge, tummy in…

Trickle Up: U.S. Housing and the Biblical Call to Redistribution of Wealth

by Sam Greenlee Guest Contributor A couple of years ago, when we were trying to find a home to buy, we hoped to purchase a fixer-upper that would require us to take on less debt. There were plenty available, or so it seemed. Time…

Water and Health in the Bronx: Protecting the Sacred

by Kelly Moltzen Guest Contributor It is hard to not be awed by the scale and tremendous care that goes into supporting the gigantic system bringing water to New York City and the surrounding counties. Flowing from the Catskill/Delaware Watersheds and the Croton Watershed,…

If an Ancient Cathedral Had Burned: Farewell to Grandmother Oak

by Ched Myers Old trees are our parents, and our parents’ parents, perchance. — Henry David Thoreau, Journal, Oct 1855 On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, three weeks into the Thomas Fire here in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the losses from California’s largest wildfire on record (scorching…

Pesticides and Shalom: Advocating for Sustainable School Grounds Management as an Act of Watershed Discipleship

by Jennifer Powell Guest Contributor Creating good childhood memories with my children is important to me: team sports, family camping trips, backyard barbeques, lovable pets, and birthday parties. More importantly, I hope to give my children a sense of connection to their community and…

Watershed discipleship and the Thomas Fire

As the Thomas Fire and other fires in and around Ventura County, CA continue to threaten homes and wildlife, Tim Nafziger wrote an article for The Mennonite, detailing his experience evacuating the area for several days, “Relationships made tangible in Thomas Fire.” He writes about…

Married to the Land

by Todd Wynward Imagine the U.S. government confiscating your beautiful local church building and grounds and turning its worship space into a public park. Imagine dune buggies and picnickers and diesel engines and fast-food wrappers. Imagine the sanctuary Sunday morning trashed, a victim of…

Towards a a collaborative bioregional mission strategy

This post was first published on Churchwork under the title I said what our diocese most needed. Then I realized: nobody knew what I meant. This Saturday, Episcopalians from greater Grand Rapids, Michigan, gathered with our bishop and staff at St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids for…

Moving Up the Watershed in the Way of Peace: Isaac and Conflict in Genesis 26

This article is by Ted Lewis, from November 2014. It is an edited version of a series of four blog posts on http://www.restorativetrainer.com. Read the article here. It this article, Ted Lewis explores naming, taming, overcoming and resolving conflict in the desert, that most brittle of…

Claiming the Call of Watershed Discipleship

This reflection by Nathan Holst from Oct 10, 2014 is published on the EcoFaith Recovery website. Nathan reflects on his recent internship at Bartimaeus Cooperative in California with Ched Myers and Elaine Enns. Nathan shares the community context of how he has come to be thinking about Watershed Discipleship and what he is learning. You can…

Editorial Preface to the issue: Watershed Discipleship

This recent editorial by Dave Pritchett was published online at missiodeijournal.com in August, 2014 in which he introduces the issue of Watershed Discipleship and the work of Ched Myers around this issue. Would you risk being baptized in your local river or pond? This issue of Missio Dei Journal…

Watershed disciples: Studying the local landscape

This article by Katherine Mast from Oct 15, 2014 is published on The Christian Century website. The article features the work of Elaine and Ched and Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries on Watershed Discipleship. You can read the article here. (Please note there are limited free viewings per month of articles…