Category Archives: Stories that Heal

The Moses Of Her People

“Harriet,” the first feature-length film about liberator and abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman, emphasizes the prophetic nature of her extraordinary gifts. In school I learned only a few brief facts about Harriet Tubman: she escaped from slavery and then, bravely, went … Continue reading

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Something Grew Wild in Our Backyard

Something wild and amazing happened in our backyard this summer.  Four little butternut squash plants, started from seeds stuck in a bit of dirt, grew wild at the back of our yard, beside the garage.  Surprised and amused at how … Continue reading

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Fighting for Life on this Planet: Two Movies

Two powerful films highlight the danger of climate change and the sources of hope for the future of life on this planet. Continue reading

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She Lived in a Tree: The Spirit-Led Witness of Julia Butterfly Hill

At age eighteen she opened a restaurant, but a serious car accident three years later changed Julia Butterfly Hill forever. She needed to find a deeper purpose in life than running a successful business. She traveled to California and encountered … Continue reading

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The Overstory: a Novel

I‘ve read many of the best novels ever written. The Overstory, by Richard Powers, may be the most eye-opening of all. In the first section of the book, in eight short stories, Powers creates diverse, interesting characters who are all impacted … Continue reading

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Red Alert for the Earth

At an encampment to listen for God’s leading to a prophetic response to climate change, I was given an image to keep in my mind both our extreme danger and the availability of God’s guidance. Continue reading

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Beckoned by Trees

The first tree that beckoned me, long ago, was a sapling on the far side of my grandmother’s lawn. Sensing that it was silently calling me, I went to investigate and discovered that it was being strangled by an orange … Continue reading

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