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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

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

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

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

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

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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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...

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