Stuff that really matters

I was pleased to see the news this week that Asbury Seminary has received a grant dedicated to creating community gardens and teaching and promoting creation care.  I’ve seen similar steps and programs going into place at churches, divinity schools at seminaries all over the country.

Among other things the announcement said:

Slated to begin in spring 2013, the raised bed community garden will feature 10-15 large common plots surrounded by 25 smaller individual plots that will be tended by members of the seminary community, including students, faculty and staff.
Through the community garden, the Office of Global Community Formation and the Creation Care Community will teach gardening, composting, recycling, and bee handling as practical ways to steward God’s creation. Additionally, the community garden will serve as a living laboratory to teach spiritual principles of personal devotion, discipleship and multicultural community building.

Now that warms my heart.

Love Wins

6 comments on “Stuff that really matters

  1. Lynda says:

    What a unique endeavor! I’m certain that it will be successful.


    • Bill says:

      I love to see faith communities recognizing the value of gardening and creation care in spiritual formation. I especially like seeing it as an emphasis at Asbury, which is my seminary. 🙂


  2. shoreacres says:

    I’m especially glad to see bee handling included. That’s unique, and it’s important.

    I had to make a run to the dictionary to see if “steward” can be used as a verb. Indeed it can! I thought at first it was one of those made-up verbs that irritate me so, but in fact it goes back to the 1600s. The fact that I’ve never heard it used as a verb but only as a noun is instructive in its own way.;)


    • Bill says:

      Yes, beekeeping is a very important part of a diversified sustainable farm or garden and it’s especially important to help them given how many are dying off these days. I was pleased to see that too.

      I love that you’re a fellow word nerd. It is obvious that I have much to learn, but I’m geeky enough to enjoy the learning…


  3. Ann says:

    How absolutely awesome for those who choose to participate…their lives will be forever changed!


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