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Author Chuck Summers

What are the leading environmental challenges the world is facing today? Gus Speth, an environmental lawyer and advocate, once said, “I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science, we could address those problems. But I was wrong. The […] Read More

Deadly wildfires are in the news again. In central Portugal, a large forest fire claimed more than 60 lives before it was contained. At first, the fire was thought to originate with a lightning strike, but a BBC report indicates that a “criminal hand” might have actually caused the massive fire. We know from history […] Read More

Philip Newell offers a series of morning and evening prayers for each day of the week in his book, “Celtic Prayers from Iona.” In true Celtic fashion, many of the prayers focus on creation. I recently came across two of Newell’s prayers in this book that were especially meaningful to me and offer important reminders […] Read More

Awe was the focus of a Parade magazine article published in October. The author, Paula Spencer Scott, describes how the emotion of awe is getting more and more attention from researchers. “New studies show that it’s a dramatic feeling with the power to inspire, heal, change our thinking and bring people together,” she said. Scott […] Read More

Seasonal waterfalls in Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana remind me about the importance of maintaining the flow of justice. A friend and I drove over to the forest recently to photograph the waterfalls at Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail. Our area had received several days of rain and we thought it would be a […] Read More

Recent events in the news have a lot of people upset and wondering, “What is this world coming to?” The massacre in Orlando, in particular, causes one to question the sanity of humankind. How could anyone do such a horrible thing? Of course, the Orlando tragedy is just one of many mass killings we’ve witnessed […] Read More

It seems like Christians, who have been explicitly called to love one another and to work together for the Kingdom of God, spend an inordinate amount of time fussing and fighting. This happens in both individual churches and also denominations. Sometimes the things that divide Christians are admittedly quite significant, but most of the time […] Read More

One of the most powerful novels I’ve ever read is “The Brothers Karamazov” by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. In one portion of this classic, the character of Father Zossima tells his fellow monks the story of his brother Markel’s last days. Markel, who previously cared little for God or religion, had a change of heart. […] Read More

My church observed Earth Stewardship Sunday recently by singing hymns and offering prayers that honored God as Creator. We were even reminded during communion that the bread and wine are gifts of the earth provided by the one who made it. For my sermon, I chose to focus on the words of the hymn, “This […] Read More

My recent heart attack and subsequent bypass surgery have reminded me about the importance of caring for all of creation, including our bodies. Even with the limited exposure that I’ve had to the outdoors in recent weeks, it is apparent that spring is currently making its presence known. Jonquils are in bloom, redbuds are starting […] Read More