A few years ago, I was excited to learn about the concept of watershed discipleship, which combines the best of all my worlds: environmental concern from a Christian perspective, with an emphasis on social and environmental justice, with excellent scholarship combined with practical action. Not too surprisingly, many of its originators are from a peace church, the Mennonites (though people practicing it are now from a broad range of denominations). I wrote about the book Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith & Practice a couple months ago, if you want to get more of a sense of what watershed discipleship is.
This summer, I’m fulfilling the service-learning requirement of my PhD program by helping Ched Myers and his crew at Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries revitalize the watershed discipleship website. One of the major things I’m working on is writing and soliciting blog posts, so I’m pouring most of my writing this summer into that site, as well as the journal I edit, Whole Terrain. For those of you who are interested, I wrote a blog post about a project we did for Earth Day in April: planting 150 trees at Eloheh Farm with the Wilderness Way Community and North Valley Friends. Check out my post here. While you’re there, feel free to check out some of the other content on the site!
I’ll also post the great video that one of the youth from the Wilderness Way Community made of the day so you can get a flavor for it!