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Tilling and Keeping

The Birdbath Saint

by The Rev. Dr. John Leech A young man in fancy clothes got off his horse, took his rich apparel and the fine fabrics he was carrying, and sold them in a neighboring town. He gave the cash — or tried to — to the priest at a small derelict church, which, as he could …

Samaritans and Scorpions

by The Rev. Alison Lee The Diocesan Creation Care Council has worked hard this past year to clarify how we convey to the Diocese what we discuss, and more importantly, how we as people of faith, as Episcopalians live into caring for God’s creation in active ways. Many of our efforts have been concentrated on …

Rethinking Dominion

by The Rev. Canon Pam Hyde I think I was in first grade when I first heard in Sunday school that God gave mankind dominion over the whole Earth.  We were being taught the creation story from the book of Genesis that morning.  “Dominion” is a big word for a child that age, so I’m …

Armageddon and Tipping Points

By David Spence, MD Most people will agree with the following (fortune cookie or horoscope) advice: “Consider a variety of viewpoints and opinions before choosing your own path.” In our spiritual journey, we read all four gospels and the letters of Paul and John. In our quest to understand climate change and our personal response …

Wildfires Are on the Rise in Arizona

How to Stay Safe during Disasters and the Dry Heat By Laurel Way Arizona Diocesan Disaster Preparedness Coordinator April 20th, 2022 – Over the weekend there have been several reports of wildfires throughout Arizona. This includes south of Prescott, Bisbee, and north of Flagstaff. Arizona no longer has a “Wildfire Season,” rather we are vulnerable …

Earth Day Across Arizona

Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd — only nine days away!  Honor God’s creation as we turn our focus toward our fragile island home on that day and the days surrounding it by doing something special to celebrate the earth.  Here are some events and activities for you to consider participating in — or look …

New Life in God’s Vineyard

by The Rev. Alison Lee One of my children is studying at the University of Arizona; when he declared his major in Architectural Engineering, I was intrigued – what on earth is this discipline, and what did he plan on doing with it? He responded that he hopes to be able to design buildings for …

Stars and Streams

by The Rev. Dr. John Leech Look up and find the north star and know where you are. Watch the moon rise or set and know when you cannot see it, still, it is there, a silent companion, unjudging, always present. When the sun rises and you face its rays you are literally reoriented. Understandable, …

What Did You Do Today?

By Bill Robinson A number of years ago, I had a boss who took a perverse pleasure in giving annual reviews to his employees.  After we each provided an accurate, detailed summary of our accomplishments and failures, he would say, “Nice words kid, but what did you do today?”  What a profound question!  Back in …

Making Peace with God’s Creation

By Dr. Angel Wang What a profound realization comes from learning that “Adam”, the name of the first human being in Genesis, comes from “adamah” meaning earth or soil.  And despite how much more we now know millennia after those words were written, how true they remain.  “God takes the first human being (adam) freshly …