Where the Salmon Go

Wild salmon populations have been in trouble for more than a century due to overfishing, loss of habitat, water management systems (such as dams), and water pollution. Significant effort has been made to restore salmon populations, with mixed results. Not surprisingly, this is not a major issue or ministry focus for many Christians or churches in the region. Yet it should be because it’s not just about salmon.

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A Cascadian Shift in Perspective

Too often we are vulnerable to seeing G-d present only in our traditions, and not in their evolution. But in Cascadia, we are compelled to recognize that our traditions cannot contain G-d. Here in Cascadia, it is clear to me that G-d is present in the movement toward complexity, the burst of chaos. Here, I see G-d’s Spirit hovering over the waters. This kind of growth can be more difficult to discern. It looks so different from what we might expect. But Cascadia is indeed a place where theology is being explored and church is being done, but it is done in new and exploratory ways. The church here is not less than, just different.

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