Fifteen, maybe 20 ruby-throated hummingbirds dart back and forth from the lowest branches of the maple trees to the feeders on the front porch of the mountaintop home shared by Sr. Kathleen O'Hagan and Sr. Gretchen Shaffer.
On a mild day in December, I found myself at Springbank Retreat in Kingstree, S.C. – sitting in a tipi. I’d never expected to usher in the new year at a Native American pipe ceremony, but I was moved, and honored, to participate.
I’d been looking for a spiritual place to get away for a few days after Christmas and write. I found Springbank on the Internet and wrote to director Sr. Trina McCormick, who told me to come on down.
About the time in June that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency introduced a plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, Martha Huckabay and her neighbors in St. Rose, La., began to smell a foul odor from a chemical storage facility near their home.
West Virginia's history has long been marked by extractive industries.
Sitting on the shaded front porch of his two-room cabin on a lazy August afternoon, Delphin Brock pointed toward the next mountain ridge where a few weeks earlier heavy equipment was remaking the landscape. Then, he said, noise from the mining activity echoed over the mountains.
Eco Catholic: Since 1681, Franciscan fathers have tended to eight of what are believed to be the oldest olive trees in the Holy Land.
Rebelling against genetically modified foods can happen in a variety of ways. Whether it involves speaking out at a corporate shareholders meeting, voting in favor of GMO labeling, writing articles for law journals, participating in parish informational potlucks, or grocery shopping for our families, each action can become “transient moments" of grace.
Many of us have well-developed protest muscles, but a fewer number of us are as fit in the area of the positive picture for our future.
My denomination, the United Church of Christ -- often a church of firsts, or so we brag -- is in the process of writing a national resolution, to be adopted at the June 2015 Synod, against fracking. We just turned around and have decided to not just be against fracking but against fossil fuels, as well.
Eco Catholic: Sanjaya Rajaram's research focused on the development of over 480 different varieties of wheat used in 51 countries by small- and large-scale farmers.
As the global economy pushes giant soybean fields and petroleum operations farther into previously untouched regions of South America, church activists in Argentina are standing alongside indigenous communities seeking to defend their land and culture from the destruction that such development has often entailed.
"The buzzards are circling, wanting to seize the land from those to whom it belongs," said Consolata Fr. Jose Auletta, who coordinates indigenous ministries for the diocese of Nueva Oran in northern Argentina.