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The Ecological Disciple

Learning to Follow Jesus From the Ground Up

How My Faith Has Shifted #2: The Pacific Northwest—A Moveable Classroom

September 19, 2021 - “What is a book, experience, person, moment or series of things in your life that has accelerated your understanding and practice of ecological discipleship?" I have such an easy answer! By Jessalyn Gentry

The Art of Creation: Leaf on Leaf, Stone on Stone

September 16, 2021 - Sometimes the only way anyone will see his works is through the pictures he takes of them before they change, melt, collapse, or are brought down by a passing wind. By Louise Conner

How My Faith Has Shifted #1: My Journey from Doubt to a Wildly Wonderful Understanding and Purpose

September 13, 2021 - We welcome our first guest writer to our blog, who says, "I learnt that my God is not aloof from me in my humanity nor this created world I live in." By Vidhya Chintala

The Art of Creation: Patterned on Nature

September 9, 2021 - In Barcelona, Spain, a park originally designed to be a housing complex for the well-to-do, is a showcase for some of the most innovative and creative skills of a renowned architect known for his love of God and his love of nature. By Louise Conner

Members Mailbag #2

September 7, 2021 - Here is our second “Members Mailbag!” I am grateful for those who have commented on our most recent series - “7 Shifts We Need to Make,” or emailed me thoughts and questions about ecological discipleship in general. By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Tracing a Path of Joy

September 2, 2021 - When a peach isn't "just" a peach, it can be pathway which leads from blossom to blossom, from joy to joy. By Louise Conner

How Have You Shifted?

Aug. 31, 2021 - A quick recap of the "7 Shifts We Need To Make," with an invitation for readers to respond. By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Balance Regained

August 26, 2021 - Is there something in this 200-year-old musical piece that has something to teach us about being part of our world? By Louise Conner

Shift #7 - A Different Destination: From an Earthless Heaven to a Heavenly Earth

8.24.21 - Where are we going? Is there an overall direction to life, a movement towards some ultimate purpose or final destination? How we answer these questions will shape our lives, and our faith, profoundly.

The Art of Creation: Out of Balance

August 19, 2021 - What does it sound like when life is out of balance? This film gives us one perspective on this question. By Louise Conner

Shift #6 – An Interconnected Church: From Splintered Sects to Creative Collaborators

Aug. 16, 2021 - What if the current ecological crisis was an opportunity to heal the Church? By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Prayer for Our Relatives

August 12, 2021 - Some prayers pour from our mouths unrehearsed and some prayers provide a structure to fit inside of and learn from. There are also prayers that through new language, provide a pathway to see ourselves, our world, and our God a little differently. By Louise Conner

Shift #5: An Ecological Mission: From Saving Souls/Society to Cultivating Life in the New Creation

August 9, 2021 - A recent poll confirmed the continued erosion of Christianity's privileged place in Western culture - a great opportunity to rethink our sense of mission. By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: The Hand

August 5, 2021 In Glarus, Switzerland, inside a sliver of park land, between a railroad track and a street, is a sculpture that brings home a simple, but profound point about the role that humans can take in nurturing the natural world around them. By Louise Conner

The Art of Creation: An Unfaded Tradition

July 29, 2021 - This artist's work lights up the texts, combining the tradition of illumination with meticulous accuracy, creating pages that are vibrant, intricate works of art. By Louise Conner

The Art of Creation: The Riverside

July 22, 2021 Hopelessness paralyzes; in order to step into changes, we need believe that change can affect the future. By Louse Conner

Shift #4: Place-Based Discipleship: From Generic Jesus-Following to Bioregional Discipleship

July 19, 2021 - What does it mean to follow Jesus in this place, at this time, with these people? By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Storks and Other Winged Creatures

July 15, 2021 Can we live with other creatures in a such way that not only we thrive, buy they thrive as well? By Louise Conner

Mid-Shift Check-in

July 12, 2021 - Time for a reader check-in. What do you think about the shifts I'm proposing? By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Through Our Readers' Eyes

July 8, 2021 - This week, we share the fabulous photos sent in from readers. We hope you enjoy The Art of Creation: Through Our Readers' Eyes. By Louise Conner

Shift #3: A More Humane Humanity – From Independent Masters to Interdependent Servants

July 5, 2021 - Why do so many people feel disconnected and discontent? What do we need to find our place in this world? By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: The Daily Miraculous

July 1, 2021 - Borrowing the lens of this poet to look at the world can help someone see what is around them with new eyes. By Louise Conner

Shift #2: A Bigger Story – From Human-Centered to All Creation

June 29. 2021 - The gospel we tell is good news - just not good enough. By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Rocks and Lanterns

June 24, 2021 - Do you remember that feeling when you opened a new, unused box of crayons? That's the feeling that this recycle artist has when he finds ways to use what has been discarded as trash. By Louise Conner

Shift #1 - A New Cosmology: From Static Backdrop to Dynamic Creation

June 21, 2021 - When you look up at the stars, or down at a drop of dew on the grass, at the faces of your loved ones or your own face in a mirror, what do you see? By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: The Praise of Pollen Dust and Mango Trees

June 17, 2021 - When you listen to creation, do you hear a chorus of praise? By Louise Conner

Seven Shifts We Need to Make

June 14, 2021 - If we are going to have a faith that is alive and alert to the needs and opportunities of our current moment, these are the shifts we must make. By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Beyond the Frame

June 10, 2021 - Sometimes a work of artistic redemption must go beyond the borders of our original vision to reach a point of greater completion. By Louise Conner

Members Mailbag #1

June 7, 2021 - First ever Members Mailbag! Check out what our thoughtful readers want to know, and the wisdom they have to offer. By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Mourning the Unmourned

June 3, 2021 - The love of this earth we are part of may be innate to humans, but that makes it even more grievous when other loves squeeze out space for that elemental love in our hearts. By Louise Conner

Can We Help Each Other Grow?

May 31, 2021 - If you are a subscriber, here's a chance to share your voice and help other readers! By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Alive with Possibility

May 27, 2021 - True goodness and rightness isn't dull; it shimmers and sings with possibility and joy. By Louise Conner

The WAY Forward 7: We Are Always Re-Forming

May 24, 2021 - Reformation is a fundamental part of Creation. What are you helping to re-form? By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Praying for the Planet

May 20, 2021 - A prayer for our neighbors—ALL of them. By Louise Conner

The WAY Forward 6: Imagine If...

May 17, 2021 - When your mind is quiet and your heart open, what do you imagine? By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Icebergs and Islands

May 13, 2021 - When you love something, you want to protect it. That is one reason why these artists want you to love the places they love. By Louise Conner

The WAY Forward 5: Sweet Repentance

May 10, 2021 - Repentance is not only necessary, it is sweet. By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Falling Down

May 6, 2021 -Instead of the words, "Don't just sit there, do something!" perhaps we need to hear, "Don't just do something, sit there!" By Louise Conner.

The WAY Forward 4: A Faith the World Is Waiting For

May 3, 2021 - It may just be the faith YOU are waiting for... by James Amadon

The Art of Creation: In Celu L'ài Formate

April 29, 2021 - We are all old enough to know that we aren't the center of the universe....right? By Louise Conner

The WAY Forward 3: Living Between Two Worlds

April 26, 2021 - To welcome a new world, we need to leave the old one behind. By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: 163 Steps

April 22, 2021 - On this path in San Francisco, you can walk from the ocean to the sky in just 163 steps. By Louise Conner

The WAY Forward 2: Walking the Long Path of Renewal

April 22, 2021 - We all want renewal, but are we prepared to leave the old world behind, to abandon our core beliefs, established practices, and privileged status? By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Wild Things

April 22, 2021 - Welcome to The Art of Creation, a Thursday post of The Ecological Disciple. By Louise Conner

The WAY Forward 1: You Must Start Here

April 22, 2021 - There is much wrong with the world. But that is not the place to start. By James Amadon