Outdoors with Kids in the Chehalem Valley: the 4T Trail

Over spring break, my kids and I decided to try the 4T Trail around Portland. 4T stands for train, trail, tram, and trolley, and it's a loop that takes you on a trail starting near the Oregon Zoo, up to Council Crest and across to Oregon Health Sciences University, where you catch the Portland Aerial …

Ecotheology of Critical Hope at Harvard Divinity’s Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture Conference

On Thursday, I'll be in Boston for Harvard Divinity School's Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture Conference, and I'll be sharing a poster presentation based on my work to develop an ecotheology of critical hope. I'm looking forward to chatting with people about this concept and finding out whether or not it connects with their experiences. Below is …

Environmental History of a Community Garden:
 Getting to Know the Land that Sustains Us

Tomorrow, February 23, 2016, I'll be giving a talk based on environmental history research I did about the land on which the George Fox University Community Garden used to reside. I'll be speaking to the Newberg Historical Society and any others who want to attend, and it will be held at the Chehalem Cultural Center at 7pm. …

Hope

I embarked on my journey toward a PhD in environmental studies in the summer of 2014. With a background in psychology and theology, this academic trajectory perhaps does not look like a straight line, but to me it makes perfect sense. I grew up hearing stories of Quaker ministers who stood up courageously for the social justice …