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July 28, 2013
Why I Am A Christian
The first and most obvious answer to the question is that I am a Christian...
July 07, 2013
Great Lovers… of Places
William Wordsworth wrote an important book that during his life time vied for the most...
June 30, 2013
Gardens and the Art of Self-Reflection
Inspired by my recent travels in the UK, including several visits to some of its...
June 06, 2013
Balancing Intellect and Faith
I spoke last week to a group of LDS students at Oxford University about the...
May 17, 2013
Life’s Insubstantial Pageant
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” is for me a kind of touchstone. It is the play I...
May 06, 2013
Four Lessons from a Suicide
In relation to my previous post about patience in suffering and about my brother’s suicide...
May 01, 2013
Patience in Suffering
NOTE: My book, Home Waters, after which the blog is named, treats the theme of...
April 20, 2013
Five Paradoxes of Mormon Environmental Advocacy
This is a brief summary of the speech I gave at the recent Stegner symposium,...
April 18, 2013
A General Authority Teaches Stewardship
History was made on Friday. Elder Marcus Nash, a member of the First Quorum of...
April 03, 2013
Stewardship and Citizenship at the State Level
Polls in this country indicate a gap between the mainstream voter and elected officials at...
March 25, 2013
Immigration, Promised Lands, and Homelands
LDS pioneers who arrived in the Great Basin in 1847 were, well, squatters. I...
March 20, 2013
Pope Francis Links Concerns for the Poor and the Environment
“Please, let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors...
March 12, 2013
LDS Belief as Ecologically Responsible
As I mentioned, this is part II of a brief investigation. I have spent a...
March 09, 2013
LDS Belief as Ecologically Harmful
I once read an excellent essay by David Kinsley entitled “Christianity as Ecologically Harmful” with...
March 08, 2013
Interview with Generation Anthropocene
This was a very interesting opportunity to be interviewed at Generation Anthropocene, a podcast program...
February 28, 2013
Smoking, Pollution, and Other Sins
The Utah State Legislature is contemplating a bill that would outlaw smoking within a car...
February 24, 2013
Stewardship and Citizenship at the City Level: Part II
It is easy, and understandable, to get cynical about politics. There are those who choose...
February 19, 2013
Not Yet Full, Not Yet Empty
I am always disappointed by the apathetic but I distrust the overzealous. And it only...
February 12, 2013
Citizenship and the Environment: An LDS Primer
Before moving on to a discussion of state and national level involvement, I wanted to...
February 08, 2013
Stewardship and Citizenship at the City Level
I would like to offer a few posts that explore ways of getting involved in...
February 03, 2013
Can Literature Save the Earth?
Can literature save the earth? At first glance, this seems like an absurd question, but...
January 31, 2013
The Environmental Roots of Our Poor Health
A recent study of health in America noted some curious problems. It turns out that...
January 24, 2013
A Planet Commanded to Our Care
At the inauguration of President Barack Obama, we heard a rather stunning statement: “We, the...
January 18, 2013
The Peace That Surpasses All Understanding
I was recently involved in a conversation about stress and anxiety in which we struggled...
January 12, 2013
The Tragic Death of a Young Boy
Tragedy has struck in my community. An 11-year old boy, Alan Zapata, and teammate of...
January 09, 2013
A Lecture on Derek Walcott and Theology
This is a video of a lecture I gave almost two years ago at the...
January 04, 2013
In Praise of the Ordinary
I think it is typical to imagine that there are two types of beauty—the natural...
December 31, 2012
On the Ideologies and Theologies of the Earth: Reprise
In honor of the conclusion of 2012, I thought I would post one of my...
December 27, 2012
Review of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life by Terryl and Fiona Givens
This is a terrific and beautifully written book, one I intend to recommend for...
December 19, 2012
Do We Harm the Earth Out of Indifference or Resentment?
One of the most important premises of environmental thought seems to be that we do...
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