Tom and I are busy getting ready for our workshop Saturday at St Mark’s Cathedral here in Seattle entitled Recession II Ready or Not. There is still time to sign up if you are interested.
It is encouraging to see what churches are doing to help in this challenging economic times and what better place to find out what is happening than in the local newspaper. Someone just sent me this article Local Churches Launch fresh-food market to change the way we eat by Roberto Daza which highlights one of those creative possibilities. What is even more attractive from my perspective is that it is also good for health.
Starting this week, a half dozen local churches are doing more than spreading the word of God. They’re trying to change the way we eat.
They’re using fruits and vegetables, and they have the support of local farmers and businesses to do it. Read the entire article
I also enjoyed reading this article – Cultivating Faith in the Master Gardener by Rev Patricia Hunter which I thought some of you would appreciate. Right up my alley – gardening an act of faith and a great mystery.
Gardening is a giant act of faith. We prepare the soil, use our compost, plant seeds and then wait. We wait for weeks hoping that insects, grubs, birds and raccoons will not benefit from our labor before we do.
The mystery of seeds turning to fruit and veggies is a great wonder. Sure, we could explain the growth process using scientific details of germination, pollination and photosynthesis, but recognizing there is more to growth than just science is spiritually satisfying. Once we get hooked on eating the fruit of our own hands, gardening becomes a sacred ritual. read the entire article
And here is another interesting and heartwarming story from Mukilteo
The 7-year-old at Olivia Park Elementary recently was asked to write a paper about his favorite childhood experience.
Grant chose the time he has spent in a new community garden taking shape at this school. A 140-by-180-foot square enclosure of thick weeds, thorny briars and stubborn Scotch broom once dominated the landscape that served as a hideout for illegal drug users. Read the entire article