‘Efficient’ Eden?
Creation | Opinion | Poetry

‘Efficient’ Eden?

It’s tempting to follow the utilitarian ideal – “designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive” – when thinking about the population of this world. We need, say some, to use every square inch of space to feed a rapidly increasing population. Combine this concern with mechanization and extensive agriculture, and all sorts of…

When I Consider Your Heavens and the 2021 Mars Rover
Creation | Poetry

When I Consider Your Heavens and the 2021 Mars Rover

Today laid out in puzzlepieces beneath my fingers;pale Milky Way across two hemispheres,Little Dipper Little Bearand Polariswith Pleiades and Orion to the right.…..Reminded with pleasure of Job referencing…..these constellations by name,…..and God,…..questioning him 30 chapters later. Mars in a chart in the top left-hand cornerwith no sign of the successful arrivalof the rover Perseverance.Builders so…

Chickadee grace
Creation | Opinion

Chickadee grace

As I write this from Edmonton, Alberta, it’s looking to be a long, cold winter exacerbated by a pandemic that requires limited human-to-human contact. Normally our house is full on Christmas Day with our children, their partners and grandchildren, as well as a couple of dogs. Tables are stretched, extra chairs are hauled up from…

Edenic Landscapes I
Creation | Opinion

Edenic Landscapes I

Genesis gives us remarkably few details about the garden of Eden: two naked people, a serpent, two notable trees. So what do you imagine when you hear the word garden? You may think Beyoncé is lush, but last year’s gardens in Quick, B.C. define the word. With a rain forest weather pattern this summer things…

‘Lost Food’ Feeds Thousands
Creation | Food | Industry & Agriculture | News

‘Lost Food’ Feeds Thousands

Canadians waste thousands of dollars of food each year. Roughly 60 percent of the food grown in Canada is never eaten, and 30 percent never even makes it to grocery stores. This latter group, known as “lost food,” is often thrown out because it is deformed, too ripe or costs more to harvest than it’s…

School’s Out
Creation | Education | Opinion

School’s Out

This is my Father’s world. This is a meaningful phrase to me as I garden, go about my days, and focus my prayers. This line forms the start to a familiar hymn that was inspired by the Niagara Escarpment as its author, Pastor Maltbie D. Babcock, took frequent walks along the beautiful ridge in Lockport, New York 120 years ago.

‘Countering the Throwaway Mindset’
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‘Countering the Throwaway Mindset’

Have you ever noticed that it’s cheaper to replace certain appliances than to fix them? Have you wondered what types or how much garbage your household produces? Digging into these questions can help us figure out how much of the waste we produce is preventable. And the good news is that it’s not hard! COVID-19 has irrevocably altered our daily routines. Maybe this will help speed up current trends in recycling and reducing waste, as we all figure out new methods of sustainability.

Eco Sabbath
Creation | News

Eco Sabbath

Mid-March, the world seemed to come to a dramatic halt. Planes stopped flying, borders closed, factories shut down, rush-hour traffic vanished. “What if you thought of it / as the Jews consider the Sabbath?” Lynn Ungar asked in her poem Pandemic. “Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling / just for now,” she suggested. As humans have been forced into this time of extended Sabbath to avoid the spread of COVID-19, you might wonder whether the earth is getting a much-needed sabbath from us.