What is Nature Worth?


I discovered the work of Robert Costanza that asks “What is nature worth?” Costanza attempts to put a dollar value on global ecosystem services recently while listening to a Radiolab episode called Worth. I’m not sure how I feel about this kind of work. It may benefit us in the short term to describe ecosystem services […]

Interstellar: Less Than Stellar Movie on Climate Change


As a parent of three young children I don’t often make it to the movie theater. I’m not usually aware what is even in the theaters unless it involves singing chipmunks, snow queens or talking toys. So, it was a minor miracle this weekend that I was invited to see Interstellar with some friends of […]

Permaculture Principles: Catch and store energy


In this series I am working through the twelve permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability.Remember that the first principle is “observe and interact” which as we said last time runs counter to our fast-paced culture and tendency to favor doing over being. Here’s the second design principle […]

Permaculture Principles: Observe and Interact


I’ve been learning about permaculture this year. In order to deepen my knowledge and understanding of permaculture and make connections with my faith and theology, I am going to work through the Twelve Permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability. Here is the first principle: Observe and interact: By […]

I Pledge Allegiance: Krost Chapel Sermon


Here is the sermon I gave in chapel for the Krost Symposium on Environmental Justice.

Watershed Discipleship: An Ethical/Theological Framework


I recently made a presentation at Texas Lutheran University’s Krost Symposium on Environmental Justice with the title Watershed Discipleship: An Ethical/Theological Framework. Unfortunately the video does not include the images and graphics from the powerpoint I used which was a big part of the presentation.

Sermon: I Pledge Allegiance…


Wow! My last post was here was exactly 7 months ago. So, to prove that I have not been just sitting idly by and ignoring the problems posed by consumerism, ecological devastation, etc., here is the sermon I will be preaching this Sunday in connection with a teaching series our community is going through which I […]

The Economy of Smallness


She envisions “a new economy based on smallness” made up of independent businesses and decentralized farms that work cooperatively, invest in each other, and pay attention to a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Through her work at the Social Venture Network, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies BALLE, and other organizations, she […]