Stewarding the land and its creatures is a critical spiritual practice. Farming and gardening are holy callings, and many of our congregations are in just the right place to cultivate these callings and nurture those who practice them. While it’s not hard to imagine how our rural congregations might incorporate this into their missions, our urban and suburban congregations can get involved as well.
I have just discovered an interesting web site called Sustainable Traditions that focuses on practicing faith through sustainable agriculture and sustainable living in general.
Here is the overview from the “about” page:
“Sustainable Traditions is an invitation to embrace the wholeness, the shalom of GOD’s kingdom, as released through the life, death and resurrection of JESUS. We seek to live into the reality of the Age to Come in this ‘present Evil Age’. We seek to be a voice in these turbulent times calling the Church at large to abandon ‘consumer Christianity’ and to embrace the call to ‘practice resurrection’ wherever we may find ourselves.”
Here are a couple of posts to get you started:
Congregational Supported Agriculture, which details a variety of ways in which congregations are involved in farming and gardening.
As God guides the church into the future, forming new congregations in urban areas may not be God’s only strategy for reaching people. God may also have big ideas about how small congregations in rural areas and small towns can find new life in caring for creation and all its inhabitants. This is definitely mustard seed spirituality.