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Where the Salmon Go

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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Desert Spirituality for the Rainforest

Desert Spirituality for the Rainforest

Contemplative spirituality has a rich connection to the desert; how might we adapt the unique spiritual insights that developed in that harsh ecology to the lush rainforests of Cascadia?   The Call of the Desert Even though we are worlds away from the deserts of...

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The Cascadian Self

The Cascadian Self

What does it mean to be Cascadian? Do you have to be born here? Do you have to live here a certain amount of time? Do you have to agree with certain shared Cascadian values (e.g. environmentalism or multiculturalism)? These are complex questions for a region that is...

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Environmental Stewardship in Action

Environmental Stewardship in Action

Cherice Bock interviews Peter Sergienko about going the extra mile in trying to steward the land. St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Portland, OR How many of us have heard some version of the following arguments: “Sure, protecting the environment, saving...

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The New Landscape of Youth Ministry

The New Landscape of Youth Ministry

What one youth pastor learned about youth ministry by hiring a bunch of teenagers to help renovate his house. It might be odd to give thanks for “The Great Recession,” but sometimes I do. About three years ago my wife and I managed to purchase our second home after we...

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Eating with Death in Mind

Eating with Death in Mind

Sacrifice is part of the abundance that allows us to live. But I want the sacrifice to be done well.   We need to eat to live which means living things need to die for us live. A harsh truth, that. Take our last batch of chicks, which included two cockerels...

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Making a Sacrifice

Making a Sacrifice

How our decision to raise and slaughter animals reconnected us to the land and to the language of Scripture. One of my neighbors came up to me a while back as an unofficial delegate for the rest of the neighborhood. They were concerned about us getting pigs. “I...

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A More Natural Faith

A More Natural Faith

An interview with Portland author, Paul J. Pastor, on how living in the Northwest has shaped his spirituality. Paul Pastor is a typical family man. He’s married. He has three children. And he drives an aging station wagon. But when it came time to buy a home, his...

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