Environmental Stewardship

Overcoming the "Gap" Between Compassion and Activism

While many will not agree with me, I defiantly believe that people are mostly good. Most people feel compassion (at least in some circumstances) and are distressed at the suffering of others (at least in some circumstances). Most people would like to see injustice erased from the world. But often, there is a gap between …

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How Much Time Do You Spend in the Human World? Finding "Thin Places" Amid the Hustle & Bustle.

I recently spent an entire weekend indoors. I was outside for a total of maybe two hours, but the rest of the time I was in the house cleaning, unpacking, and dealing with all manner of computer-related tasks: budgeting, financial aid, scheduling, and the important business of following what smart people have to say on …

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An Exercise in Befriending (Tuscan) Yellow Jackets

Even as an avowed nature lover, the city gal in me is often unduly squeamish when coming face-to-face with fauna. Case in point, on a (very) recent trip to Italy with my sister Caroline and boyfriend Ryan, I was startled by the unexpected visitation of several yellow jackets at an otherwise perfect dinner at Salvadonica …

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New York Sends Divestment Petition to General Conference

It’s been a thrilling week for those of us in the United Methodist divestment movement! Across the country, United Methodists fighting for climate justice have been bringing fossil free legislation to their annual conferences, to be forwarded to the General Conference in 2016. And in conference after conference, the petition has passed…including in New York! …

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An Overview of Religious Divestment

This weekend I had the privilege to be on a panel called “Shifting Money, Shifting Power: Fossil Fuel Divestment and Alternative Energy Reinvestment as a Strategy for Confronting Climate Change,” presented at the 2015 Left Forum at John Jay College. I spoke about religious divestment, and mentioned the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew! See the …

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A Ravingly Grateful Love Letter to My Community

Lately I’ve been making a minor spectacle of myself on the subway. Certainly not enough to register among the usual display of flamboyant commuter behavior, but still somewhat out of the ordinary, as I choke back tears of emotion, head fervently buried in a simple pamphlet. The pamphlet is the 2015 “Lenten Devotional”— a collection …

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Great Moments from 2014, Great Hope for 2015

In many ways, 2014 showed us that we still live in a world where struggles for resources drive conflict, ideologies drive hate, and greed and fear drive oppression. We are seeing more and more clearly that our climate is irreversibly changing, as droughts and natural disasters mount, the seasons fail, and plants and species migrate …

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