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By: Ruby Gene Topple Hello! I’m a shoe, a hiking shoe to be exact. The giant who wears me says that my twin shoe and I are her favorite. She wears me everywhere, so much, it’s too many to count. I have so many precious memories, good and bad, you know… I think I’ll tell
(3 nights/4 days ~28 Miles) – Sept 4 – 7, 2020 By Rev. Chester Craig Topple, Hospital Chaplain “A period recourse into the wilds is not a retreat into secret silent sanctums to escape a wicked world, it is to take breath amid effort to forge a better world.” – Benton MacKaye This pandemic period
By: Rev. Andrew BlackMany have wondered what lengths the Trump administration would go to in its quest to turn our public lands over to oil and gas drilling – satisfying its so-called energy dominance agenda. It seems we have an answer: despite the fact that the Navajo Nation and many tribal communities have been disproportionately
Dealing with Difficult Biblical Texts of Creation: The Call to be EarthKeepers
Ever wonder what to do with those difficult Biblical texts from Genesis 1-2 focused on dominion and subduing the Earth. This Earth Day sermon by Rev. Andrew Black thoughtfully and faithfully takes these texts head on while addressing God’s call for us to be EarthKeepers and challenging today’s church to live into a new Earth ethic: an ethic focused on addressing modern environmental problems, reconnecting with land, water and wildlife, and bridging science and religion, social justice and environmentalism. This is a great teaching, preaching and Bible study resource for Genesis 1:25-2:1-15.
Tony Arnold Go outside and spend some time observing.  Go for a walk in the park.  Go down to the creek or river or lake.  Go up to the mountains, into the forest, across the grasslands, out to the beaches and oceans.  What do you see?  How many different plants and trees?  Are any of the flowers glorious?  Are any of the
By Tony Arnold Our study of the Neighborhood Church book as prompted me to offer to share a little about how I live out my faith in the world outside of Sunday mornings at John Knox – and what I see as some of the important issues that the church as the worldwide body of
As a child who fished, camped and hiked all over the Land of Enchantment, I learned early on that there’s nothing more awe-inspiring than watching a herd of elk cross the Valles Caldera or bighorn sheep scale the rugged cliffs of the Rio Grande Gorge or pronghorn bound across the plains.
Public lands were created for all Americans – no matter their race, age, gender, religion or socioeconomic status. They are a uniquely American idea that is rooted in deep sense of egalitarianism.
If you’ve spotted bighorn sheep in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, fished streams meandering through Valles Caldera, or even if you’ve just been to Fort Marcy or Ragle parks in Santa Fe to watch your kid swing a baseball bat, you’ve benefitted from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.