In today’s readings we are given passages that include images of the Lord restoring the land.
Making pastures abundant and clear water flow from springs. Don’t we all want to live in a place like that? My personal favorite passage is when the mountains break forth into singing. Sadly in some communities the land is not singing, but crying.
So much depends on our ability to restore the land. The work of restoring the land stretches from superfund sites, to brownfield remediation projects and even emerging permaculture groups in our cities and towns. I am deeply struck by the quote in the gospel about the son doing what he sees the father doing. It reminds me of the quote that as parents it is not what we say to our children about moral decisions, it is what they see us doing that matters most.
- Why is it so countercultural today to be interested in topics such as dirt and permaculture?
- What can Christian communities do together to prevent Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring from becoming a reality?
- What can you plant? What can you grow with the help of a child?
Todd Dunfield is the Director of the Center for Community Action and Service Learning at Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington.
Todd Dunfield is the Director of the Center for Community Action and Service Learning at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.