Nov. 6th: Chance to End Capital Punishment in California!

Our dear friend John Swanson has prepared four posters and postcards calling for an end to State Sponsored Execution in California, and a postcard to change the Three-Strikes Law.

Proposition 34 on the Nov. 6th ballot would repeal the death penalty in the State of California and impose a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 729 persons sentenced to death in our state.  

My last sermon here...

Former BCM Intern, Katerina Friesen is about to move on from Community Roots Garden to rest before starting seminary at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Here is an excerpt from her final sermon in the community. Hanging gloves

Global Warming, Competition and Cooperation

Bert Newton, author and activist

Our friend at Pasadena Mennonite, Bert Newton, offers the latest analysis of climate change ... 

Sabbath Economics for Occupy: Food and rest as medicine

I'm wondering where local organic agriculture, permaculture and farmers markets fall in with Sabbath economics? I advocate for a back to the land diet rich in healthy nutrients that could have dramatic impactnot only on our local economies but also the health and healthcare industries.

Getting to Know the Neighbours, by Sara Stratton

Casa Ana Garden“Rooting Faith: Theology and Practices of Bioregional Discipleship,” was hosted by Ched Myers and Elaine Enns, who define their “place” as a semi-rural garden and the Southern Californian watershed in which it is situated.

 

 

 

Where Are You From? by Sara Stratton

“So, where are you from?” Seems an easy enough question. But when asked, I have almost always given a more complicated answer. “I’m a Newfoundlander who lives in Toronto.”  Proof: the picture atop this blog is me looking out over the Bay of Islands, where I grew up.

The Common Sense Sabbatical, by Sara Stratton


Elaine's herb gardenA series of reflections from July Institute participant, Sara Stratton. 

The focus of my sabbatical is the land we inhabit. How does it shape us? How do we shape it? And what role does our faith (in my case, liberal Christian) have to do with it? 

 

 

Remembering my spiritual father, by Ric Hudgens

Ric Hudgens Reflects on a mentor's impact on his own faith development: "Oddly I didn't know that I had any faith in Jesus! But John always talked to me as if Jesus had already claimed me and that we were both working on finding out why. Over time I somehow began to agree with him." ...

Reflections from Rooting Faith, the July Bartimaeus Institute

From Sara Stratton, cross-posted from her blog, godisinthedirt.

The focus of my sabbatical is the land we inhabit. How does it shape us? How do we shape it? And what role does our faith (in my case, liberal Christian) have to do with it? I began this exploration with a week in California at the home of Elaine Enns and Ched Myers, otherwise known as the Bartimaeus Institute, in a course called “Rooting Faith: Theology and Practices of Bioregional Discipleship” — a time for us to reflect biblically and theologically on the land, and to learn more about permaculture.

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