The website's not that complicated: www.renewingcreation.org - and nor is the idea: a group of students dedicated to working together on sustainability initiatives recognizing that we are meant to be Stewards of the earth not Abusers.
It's something I've dreamed of seeing happen and now it has due to a group of dedicated folks.
It all kicked off with a conference at Eastern University and continues with a day of prayer on the 29th. Totally cool. So if you get it - that is you get that this earth isn't something we can just take advantage of - join in on the 29th and say a little prayer that we all have better guidance when it comes to taking care of creation.
After all, as T.S. Elliot said, "A wrong attitude toward nature implies, somewhere, a wrong attitude about God."
A little less than a year ago this was the scene. I'm fine with them not winning the World Series -they're my team no matter what. But I still feel sad that they lost. I feel sad that a called strike on what should have been a ball ended the 8th prematurely. And I'm sad that there will be no more baseball in beantown until '09. But what a year it has been, and what a year it will be come April '09.
So I'm 903 miles, and 8 days of my 1460 mile, 9 day road trip. A few hundred miles remain as this evening I'll be trecking back north for a stop in Simpson, PA only to leave again tomorrow morning for Dover, NH.
I've seen almost 100 people I've known for years and met another 50 or so "new friends". I've given 2 talks, led icebreakers, introduced speakers, gone to bonfires, soccer games, and classes I'm not registerd for in a school I don't attend. I've eaten omlets with the Newman Club, made people laugh, dug holes, planted plants, eaten at the union, falcon, and am on my way to lottie.
I've seen the creek, I've birdwatched, I've cuddled with friends. I've had beer with MC alumni, used the alumni bathroom, and visited K.P.'s house. I've laughed, I've been worked up to tears, and I've slept (though not enough). I've slept on beds, floors, and couches. I've eaten out, eaten in, and eaten leftovers. I've seen the Red Sox lose to the point of a 3-1 Tampa lead, and I've seen the Red Sox come back from a 7 run deficit in the 7th to win 8-7 in what may just be the greatest game ever, and soon I'll see a game 7.
The floor of my car is "slowly" filling up with trash from coffee cups, maps, and directions. My clothes are once again dirty and in need of a wash.
I took pictures, I took video, and more importantly I took memories, lessons, and encouragement.
Messiah isn't a life left behind but a life within that will be with me and each of my gatherings with alumns over the rest of my years.
So here's to roadtrips, friends, memories, reliving the past as part of the future, and never leaving anyone left behind.
I have a huge passion for Baseball, Birds, and Botany (actually anything that begins with B). I recently graduated with my M.S. in Plant Biology. I currently teach freshman biology labs and also work for a non-profit in New Hampshire.
“Personally, I believe that there is a divine spark in us that binds us to the rest of creation, not merely as fellow creatures but as caretakers, with an earthly responsibility like the one we imagined for God. I’m not saying you can’t be a conservationist without this feeling — it’s just harder for me to understand what we owe the ivory-billed woodpecker without it.” - Jonathan Rosen
"Getting out into the field is not a means to the end, it itself is the end" - Jonathan Rosen
"In order to change the world we must first change our consciousness of it" - Jonathan Rosen