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The Ecological Disciple

Learning to Follow Jesus From the Ground Up

The Art of Creation: Ecological Examen

March 16, 2023 - To help people see the spiritual ramifications of the ways they live within the wider creation, an ecological examen can be a meaningful and useful tool. By Louise Conner

The Art of Creation: Among the Weeds

March 9, 2023 - On the side of many concrete buildings throughout the world, massive weeds have been appearing, causing people to turn their heads and crane their necks in spite of the fact that most people see weeds as undesirable and worthy only of being eradicated. By Louise Conner

Exodus 19 - Mountain Encounter

Mar. 7, 2023 - This story is a turning point for Israel. They've been freed from Egypt - now we begin to see that they have been liberated for a special purpose. By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Poetry and Policy

March 2, 2023 - Contemplation and activism come together in the work of Homero Aridjis, Mexican writer and environmental advocate, who uses language to see, love, and protect the world we live in. By Louise Conner

The Art of Creation: Cycling into a Different Perspective

February 23, 2023 - A set of cycling paths in Limburg, Belgium invites cyclists and others into experiences that go beyond a nice view, creating immersive experiences that shift from the normal point of view. By Louise Conner

Exodus 18:1-27 - Expansive Justice

Feb. 20, 2023 - After watching a long line of people wait all day for their turn before Moses, Jethro gives Moses a very straightforward assessment: “What you are doing is not good." - By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: What a Person Can Do

February 16, 2023 - In the big picture of the earth's ecosystem, how much good can one person do in their small corner of the world? Quite a bit, as it turns out. By Louise Conner

The Art of Creation: A Not-So-Distant Shore

February 9, 2023 - The exploration of earth as a biosphere, the patterns found in that biosphere, and how humans interact and affect that biosphere, are key frameworks to the work of Dutch-Canadian artist Eveline Kolijn. By Louise Conner

Exodus 17:8-15 - Genocide, Ecocide, and God

Feb. 6, 2023 - This is the part of Exodus I have not been looking forward to writing about. We must acknowledge and wrestle with these "texts of terror," as I heard a biblical scholar once refer to them. And, in the tension, there is often wisdom to be gleaned. By James Amadon

The Art of Creation: Infusion of Light

February 2, 2023 - The Rosary Chapel, created by Henri Matisse, though very controversial at the time of its creation due to the artist's particular style and history, is, to me, a portrayal of how the Church and Creation collaboratively infuse beauty into each other. By Louise Conner