Author: Cherice Bock

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 the spotted owls–these things are great. But how am I going to put food on the table?” Or: “I want to care for creation, but how can my actions make a difference?” Here in Cascadia, we love our region. From the coast to the mountains to the high desert, the beauty of the landscape evokes awe, reminding...

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Renewing Creation from the Ground Up: EarthCare Summit in Portland, January 30-31

An exciting two-day summit is planned for January 30-31 in Portland, and it features several speakers with connections to Christ & Cascadia (including myself). “Renewing Creation from the Ground Up” is the seventh-annual summit on Earth care sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Oregon Interfaith Power & Light. Randy Woodley, Christ & Cascadia contributor, professor, and Keetowah Cherokee, will give the keynote address, entitled, “The Earth Speaks, But Do We Listen?” at 3pm on Sunday at Portland State University. The summit is affordable at $35 including dinner (with scholarships available, and options for students or for those who...

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Evangelical Ecotheology: Book Review (Part 2)

These authors are all smart, articulate theologian-practitioners in GFES’s Christian Earthkeeping program, and when you see them together they are playful, feisty, and there is much joy-filled laughter in the room. In my last post I reviewed the book Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis by Daniel L. Brunner, Jennifer L. Butler, and A.J. Swoboda. The text shows connection points between Evangelical theology (theologies), as well as offering stories from the lives of the authors and their contacts. Since I worked alongside these authors at George Fox Evangelical Seminary during the tail end of their...

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Evangelical Ecotheology: Book Review (Part 1)

When you hear the words “Evangelical” and “climate change” in the same sentence, you might think of a theological perspective like that encapsulated in this quote by Seattle former pastor Mark Driscoll: “I know who made the environment and he’s coming back and going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV.” In contrast, Cascadian authors Daniel L. Brunner, Jennifer L. Butler, and A.J. Swoboda are attempting to change the discussion in Evangelical circles through their collaborative book, Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis (Baker Academic, 2014). In addition to sharing their...

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Sister Willamette: Co-Lamenting with My River

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24 The Willamette River flows by my hometown. She flows by, but we’re like strangers. We’re more like acquaintances, like a friend of the family I might wave at and say hello to if I saw her in the grocery store, but not much more. What’s more, she’s a friend of the family with a bad reputation, but she’s working on getting herself cleaned up. “Don’t go near her,” we were warned as kids, “you might come out glowing, or grow a third eye!” I...

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