The Tree Church – An Experiment in New Zeeland

After travelling the world and being a keen observer of Churches, Barry Cox decided to construct a unique Church of his own using living trees and  utilising his Tree Spade. After starting construction in April 2011, the Tree Church Gardens are now available for public visits and private events. Come and enjoy first-hand the living Church, the labyrinth walk and the extensive gardens for your viewing pleasure, photographic opportunities or private events.

Source, HERE.

Cititorii de limba romana pot gasi AICI un text despre acest interesant proiect.

 

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Englewood Review of Books – Ten Social Critics that Christians Should Be Reading

Englewood Review of Books

The work of social critics is vital for the health and flourishing of the church, because they remind us of the brokenness of the world and challenge us to imagine new and more healthy ways of sharing life together.

Here are ten social critics whose work has been particularly helpful for me in trying to discern how to live faithfully in the twenty-first century. With each critic, I’ve included an excerpt that will serve as an introduction to that writer’s work.

Here is the list, with a few details about each author:

Wendell Berry

A Kentucky farmer and writer, Berry’s work challenges us to live peacefully within the created created and to find ways to vitalize our local communities.

Jacques Ellul

Ellul (1915-1994) was a French lawyer and scholar, renowned for his criticisms of technological society.  He also wrote a number of insightful theological works.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, whose 2015 book Between The World and Me won the National Book Award, among many others.Read More »

Caring for the Earth – A New Carol

Under the impression of the recent conference in Paris, on climate change, the Rt. Rev. Steven Croft, Anglican Bishop of Sheffield, wrote inspired new words, in Advent mood, for the well known hymn The King of Love My Shepherd Is, which you can listen above.

Here are the words of the new Carol:

Creator of our common home
And maker of such wonder
You crafted fire and sky and stone
Dividing seas asunder.

In love you set the earth in space~
In joy ordained its pathway
Filled earth and sea and sky with grace
That we might praise you always.

We turned away your gift of life
Polluted all you gave us
The land was spoiled, we favoured strife
Lives turned away from goodness.

In Bethlehem you gave your Son
Creator in creation
To win us back and call us home
Revealing your salvation.

The Word of God took human form
Eternity in person
Reason and love came to transform
God’s gift for our conversion.

Creator of our common home
Redeemer of such mercy
Sustainer of all life on earth
To you always be glory.

(Source, HERE)

Bishop Steven Croft
Bishop Steven Croft

 

 

 

Povestea apei imbuteliate

An Evangelical’s Guide to ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s Encyclical on the Environment – The Gospel Coalition

An Evangelical’s Guide to ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s Encyclical on the Environment – The Gospel Coalition.

In case you do not have time, or you do not care, to read the entire ‘Laudato Si’ encyclica, but you are still interested to know what it is about, here is a summary by Joe Carter, from The Gospel Coalition (a neo-reformed/neo-fundamentalist entity,  in the US). The author says about this text:
‘Because the document was written by a global religious leader and addressed not only for the billion Catholics on Earth but for “every person living on the planet,” the evangelical community has a duty to consider his words and respond appropriately. Much of it we will agree with and much will cause us to cringe. But because of its importance, both as a current object of debate and as future historical document, we should be aware of what is in this encyclical.’

I would be curios to see what makes Joe Carter ‘cringe’ about this document. I bet I will ‘cringe’ at the things that make him, and his Gospel Coalition colleagues, ‘cringe. But we will hear from them soon, on this matter. I am sure of that.

So, here is the summary (a subjective account, as any such thing), for your information.

10 Most Important Messages From Laudato Si | Rev. James Martin, S.J.

10 Most Important Messages From Laudato Si | Rev. James Martin, S.J..

A summary of the important encyclical letter of Pope Francis in climate change.

The Man Who Stopped the Desert

From a harsh, uncompromising land comes a story of hope…
Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer from Africa has succeeded where international agencies failed. Over the last twenty years he has successfully battled against nature, and man, to become a pioneer in the fight against desertification.

But Yacouba’s struggle is not simply an agricultural story, it is pure drama. It is about one man’s conviction that now has the potential to benefit many thousands living in the Sahel region of Africa.

“Yacouba’s story is both incredibly timely and important given the current crisis in many parts of the world with desertification. It is also rare to find a conservation story with such an upbeat and inspirational ending”.
National Geographic Channels, International

The Man Who Stopped the Desert is a beautifully filmed, emotional roller coaster that will leave you moved and inspired.
DVDs and Blu-ray versions are available by visiting:
http://www.1080films.co.uk/Yacoubamovie

Petitie pentru oprirea jafului ecologic la Iasi

Iasul cu si fara tei

Dupa ce a macelarit (asa cum vedeti mai sus) teii de pe Bulevardul Stefan cel Mare, Primaria Iasi, sub conducerea pesedista ‘luminata’ a primarului Nichita a pus ochiul pe pomii din Parcul Expozitiei, in care sute de arbori au fost marcati pentru taiere. Daca nu facem ceva, samavolnicia va fi din nou infaptuita.Read More »

The Pale Blue Dot – The Sagan Series 10

This video, narrated by astronomer Carl Sagan, definitely puts into perspective how tiny we are in relation to the whole universe. However, it also reminds me that despite the enormity and vastness of space, Earth is the only home we have; as a result, we’d better take care of it and the people in it.

Too often, the human race gets so consumed with power and being “right” and dirty politics that we forget about our ultimate obligation – to take care of each other by acting wisely, conservatively and responsibly. It’s an obligation that if neglected will be our downfall and if fulfilled will be our legacy.

Pope Francis Against Fracking and Destructive Mining

Pope Francis Against Fracking

Pope Francis - Water is worth more than gold

Read about this HERE, in English; and HERE, in Romanian.

If All Land Ice Melted

National Geographic has just published a series of amazing maps showing what that shore lines would look like on every continent if all land ice would melt, raising the sea level with about 66m. Really amazing. And scary at the same time.

Europe

Search on the link above for the other maps.

Do Evangelicals Really Like Our Planet?

Do Evangelicals Really Like Our Planet?.

Indeed, do they really? There is some doubt in the air, and rightly so, I think.

The Story of Solutions – Better Rather Than More

The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.

In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, more malls, more Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet?

Shouldn’t that be what winning means?

Over the coming year, we’ll be highlighting and supporting game-changing solutions that get us on the path to Better. We’ll be looking to you for examples from where you live and calling on you to help grow Solutions.

A Rocha – The Earth In Our Hands

Happy 30 years anniversary, A Rocha!

A Rocha is an international Christian organization which, inspired by God’s love, engages in scientific research, environmental education and community-based conservation projects. – See more at: http://www.arocha.org/int-en/who.html#sthash.ywtEWhK9.dpuf

We invite you to take two minutes to watch our new video, ‘The Earth in our hands’. For 30 years, A Rocha supporters have been caring for the Earth, and so, in March, we asked you to send us photos, or a short video clip, of the ways in which you express your love for the creation. We want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all those who helped us make this creative, heart-warming celebration.Read More »

Landfill Harmonic and the ‘Recycled Orchestra’

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Christian, the Lion – A True Story

 

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Don’t Be That Litter Bug – Nu arunca gunoiul pe jos

Asta-mi aminteste de o poveste adevarata cu Thomas, nepotul nostru cel mare. Intr-o zi il lua tatal lui de la scoala. Si pentru ca trebuia sa vina si fratele lui mai mic, rafael, au trebuit sa astepte putin.

Tatal lui povestea intre timp cu un amic al lui, un alt tata care isi astepta copilul. Tot povestind, prietenul tatalui isi termina tigara si o arunca pe joc. Thomas, care este un tip foarte direct si indreznet il trage de mineca si ii spune.

‘De ce ai aruncat tigara pe jos? Ce crezi ca s-ar intimpla daca miine dimineata ai gasi sub pat toate gunoaiele pe care le-ai aruncat astazi pe jos.’

Tipul a ramas interzis. Fara o vorba, s-a aplecat, a lat tigara de jos si a pus-o la cos. Sper ca a invatat o lectie. Tatal lui Thomas invata in fiecare zi asemenea lectii de la baietii lui. 🙂

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Dr Rowan Williams – New Perspectives on Faith and Development – UPDATE

New Perspectives on Faith and Development: Closing keynote address

In the final seminar of this series on faith and development our speaker asks:

Have we ignored the teachings of faith groups in our treatment of the natural environment? Do faith traditions have a relevant voice on climate change and environmental degradation? Can they provide us with the energy and focus to overcome inaction? Do they add anything new to this debate?

Keynote Speaker: Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Chair: Rabbi David Rosen

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Here is a summary of Rowan Williams’s presentation, as it appeared in The Guardian:Read More »

Dramatic Images Show Changing Earth

A partnership between Google, NASA and TIME reveal how the Earth has radically changed over the decades.

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Why Are We Stewards of Creation? – A World Vision Position Paper

WorldVision

World Vision’s Biblical Undestanding of How we Relate to Creation

Jared Hyneman, Christopher Shore – Natural Environment and Climate Issues

Executive Summary

 

The purpose of this document is to concisely clarify and explain World Vision’s understanding of the

Bible’s foundational teaching on God’s creation, especially as it affects World Vision’s mission. One of our guiding documents, titled our Core Values, declares:

We are stewards of God’s creation. We care for the earth and act in ways that will restore and protect the environment. We ensure that our development activities are ecologically sound.

As a Christian organisation, World Vision has more than practical, historic or development theory reasons for acting. We act because we are informed by and rely on the biblical narrative, church history, and our creeds and doctrines. As World Vision works to protect and serve the most vulnerable, we must consider creation and environmental issues. Only by doing so can all God’s children, especially ‘the least of these’, experience life in all its fullness.Read More »

“Burn it all down” isn’t Christian: A Response to Mark Driscoll

“Burn it all down” isn’t Christian: A Response to Mark Driscoll.

Indeed, it is not.

Watch soon for a World Vision position paper on care for creation that I will publish here.

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Incompetenta, Confuzie si Dezinformare: Un Raport Intermediar asupra Primariei Iasi / Agentiei pentru Protectia Mediului Iasi / Garzii de Mediu Iasi.

Incompetenta, Confuzie si Dezinformare: Un Raport Intermediar asupra Primariei Iasi / Agentiei pentru Protectia Mediului Iasi / Garzii de Mediu Iasi..

Tinarul meu prieten, Dinu Munteanu, antropolog cultural care se afla spre finalul studiilor doctorale in Marea Britanie, isi continua lupta impotriva samavolniciei reprezentantilor primariei Iasi, care, cu total dispret fata de lege si de opiniile cetatenilor care i-au ales, au taiat cu salbaticie teii de pe bulevardul Stefan cel Mare.

Romania continua sa fie tara tuturor posibilitatilor. A posibilitatilor rele.

And We Call This Civilisation?

Introducing A Rocha

You may find HERE more A Rocha videos.

Sondaj – Consultare publică pentru cetăţeni cu privire la problema deşeurilor în municipiul Iași

Asociația Mai Bine realizează o consultare publică pentru a identifica percepţia populaţiei ieșene cu privire la problemele de mediu conexe managementului deşeurilor şi la rolul şi responsabilităţile diferiţilor actori pentru îmbunătăţirea practicilor de gestionare/management (prevenție, colectare, transport, tratare, reciclare și depozitare) a deșeurilor menajere. Chestionarul va ajuta la elaborarea de propuneri pentru un management mai eficient al deşeurilor menajere la nivelul municipiului Iaşi.

Activitatea face parte din proiectul DEȘEURILE – management mai bun prin implicare civică și participare publică , finanțat de Fundația pentru Parteneriat și Trust for Civil Society in Central & Eastern Europe, prin intermediul programului ATITUDINE  ŞI  IMPLICARE, destinat organizaţiilor neguvernamentale de mediu din România.

Vă rugăm să acordaţi aproximativ 10 minute din timpul dumneavoastră pentru completarea acestui chestionar.

Vă mulţumim!

Sondajul este propus de Asociatia Mai Bine.
Raspundeti sondajului AICI

Monastery of Bose – Man: Costodian of Creation – An International Ecuemenical Conference on Orthodox Spirituality

Find below the conference leaflet in PDF form (source, HERE)

Man – Custodian of Creation – flier

Manifest pentru sanatatea Pamintului

(Multumesc domnulului Mircea Trana pentru acest link.)

Desi nu neaparat impartasesc toate premisele acestei frumoase prezentari, o socotesc un semnal de alarma legitim cu privire la ceea ce am facut din planate pe care ne-a dat-o Dumnezeu in grija.

Let`s Do It, Romania! Let`s Do It, World! 2012

Filmul de prezentare al campaniei Let`s Do It, World! 2012 – adaptare Let`s Do It, Romania!
Va asteptam pe 12 mai 2012 sa facem curatenie in toata tara, intr-o singura zi!
http://www.letsdoitromania.ro

Credits: Iulian Turcin (voice over)
Let`s Do It, World! (concept)

Dirt

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A Look at Understanding our Role as Stewards of God’s Creation – Steve Michmerhuizen

I have just received this text from the author, with permission to post it here. You are kindly invited to interact with it, if you are interested.

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A Perspective to Our Role as Stewards of Creation

There was a time in my life when my love of the out-of-doors and my faith as a Christian were like passengers on a trolley-bus.  They got on at different times, never spoke a word to each other and seemed to have nothing in common.  However, about ten years ago they came together and the change has been significant.  This entry below hopefully accomplishes two things: 1) it tells some of the story on how I came to understand my role as a steward of Creation and 2) it explains briefly the call to stewardship of Creation through some passages in Genesis.  Today, I enjoy a close relationship of my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior, Redeemer, and Provider and my appreciation of God’s Creation. Read More »