What Trees Tell Us about Life, Death, and Resurrection is an article from Christianity Today that was written by Matthew Sleeth. The article discusses how often trees are mentioned in the Bible and the frequent association between trees and major characters and events in the Bible; other than God and people trees are the most mentioned living thing in the Bible. The article goes on to discuss the tree of life and the relationship between trees and death. To read the entire article on What Trees Tell Us about Life, Death, and Resurrection, click here.
Catholic Rural Life has seven Ethics of Eating Cards that talk about different food and farm issues. The cards are meant for personal or parish uses. The seven cards cover topics such as water, nutritious and safe food, animal welfare, human rights, and a sustainable food system. To read more on the seven Ethics of Eating Cards, or to purchase the set, click here.
“Real Food, the food that is the source of creaturely health and delight is precious because it is a fundamental means though which God’s nurture and love for the whole creation is expressed.”
The Center for Environmental Leadership (CEL) believes that food systems that reflect biblical values and principles will produce healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable food for all. This short article describes economic, cultural, and educational goals all Christians should have for improving food systems. The CEL also recommends reading Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating by Norman Wirzba as they believe it will make a significant contribution to a Christian’s outlook on food and food production. To read the entire article, click here.
Environmental Health is a post from Earth Ministries on the impacts every decision has on the body and spirit of creation. It focuses on household items, such as furniture, cleaners, body care products, and toys and the hazardous ingredients they can contain. They offer simple questions to ask yourself and things to do to help care for all God’s creatures. To read more on environmental health, click here.
Evangelical Environmental Network MOMS is hosting an event to learn about creation care and children’s health. The event will have faith leaders, medical experts, and advocates who are passionate about taking care of God’s creation and protecting children from dirty air and water. The event is free and will be held on October 13th in Grove City, Ohio. To read more about this event, click here.
Faith Based Farms is a webinar about communities and families across the United States that show their faith through farming. Cole Flynn, the travels from from New Jersey, to Wisconsin, to Michigan, and talks to a wide diversity of people including Muslims, Christians, and even a Druid. To watch Faith Based Farms, click here.
The Villa Maria Community Center farm is an integral part of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. The farm serves as a symbol of the struggle and sacrifice of a small group of women who settled on the Lawrence County land in 1864 and succeeded in establishing a viable, productive farm when others before them had failed. Land management at the farm is based on spirituality, sustainability, simplicity and the preservation of all local life systems. To read more about the farm, click here.
This meeting guide from Evangelical Environmental Network MOMS offers ways to live in a simple, toxic free home. It focuses on ways to protect children from fossil fuels and consumption of chemicals that are known to cause diseases. This includes reading labels, dumping processed foods, and more. To read more, click here.
To download the meeting guide, click here.
To download the handcard that corresponds with this guide, click here.
On April 21st, the Columbus Veg Community is holding a Catholicism and Veganism presentation at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The speaker, Madison Maholm, is a passionate Catholic Vegan who is a Worship Leader at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Grove City. In Madison’s presentation, she will speak about how religion impacts all areas of her life, including food. There will be free vegan food provided, and a Q&A session after the presentation. To view the event, click here.
“Having compassion for others begs the question of who ‘the others’ are. The animals whom we farm are sentient beings and individuals in their own right, even when they are crowded together in barren cages or windowless sheds. They are surely – in their billions – ‘others’ who deserve and desperately need our compassion. I wish CreatureKind great influence in bringing compassion to these fellow-beings of ours.”
– Joyce D’Silva, Ambassador Emeritus,
Compassion in World Farming
CreatureKind is a Christian animal welfare group that works to help institutions improve their practice as it impacts farmed animals, with benefits for humans, animals, and the environment. Becoming a CreatureKind institution means committing to a cycle of reviewing current sourcing, setting goals for improved practice, and acting on them, together with engaging your community about the program. The program have two major goals: reduce consumption of animal products and obtain remaining animal products from higher welfare. To read more about how to become a CreatureKind organization, click here.