Journal

Category: Creation

The Spiritual Dimension of Creation Care

The Spiritual Dimension of Creation Care

“No matter how urban our life, our bodies live by farming; we come from the earth and return to it, and so we live in agriculture as we live in flesh.” – Wendell Berry (The Art of the Commonplace) One of the most important questions a professor asked me in...
Encountering Beauty (and God) in Nature

Encountering Beauty (and God) in Nature

86. From Aurora LeighBy Elizabeth Barrett Browning TRUTH, so far, in my book;—the truth which drawsThrough all things upwards,—that a twofold worldMust go to a perfect cosmos. Natural thingsAnd spiritual,—who separates those twoIn art, in morals, or the social...
What the Trees Said

What the Trees Said

I sojourned to south-central Montana in mid-September.  The break came at the end of an unexpectedly intense seven weeks, and before a seven-week stretch that I knew would be intense, and unexpectedly became much more so.  I needed this time to rest, to immerse myself...
“Gifts” – A Poem by Ann Bodling

“Gifts” – A Poem by Ann Bodling

by Ann Bodling, Coracle Spiritual Director In this strange, disorienting, sometimes-hopeful sometimes-fearful, sometimes-sad time, I can forget. The gifts are here, as always. The Presence of God is here, as always. To recognize them I need to notice, as always. And...
Creation Care at Corhaven Graveyard

Creation Care at Corhaven Graveyard

Graveyard. When you hear that word, what comes to mind? Perhaps neatly mown grass—short blades interrupted by granite headstones carved with names and scrollwork. Perhaps vases of flowers, trinkets, or similar tributes to the dead settled near the stones? Perhaps...
SOUNDINGS – Corhaven, Space and Place, and Your Stuff

SOUNDINGS – Corhaven, Space and Place, and Your Stuff

It was surely a surprise 10 years ago when God invited us to move from the inner-city of DC to rural Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley.  It was unexpected, and unexpectedly good, a grace.  It was as if the Lord was saying to us, “Thank you for your heart and service...
“Clearing Sacred Space”

“Clearing Sacred Space”

As we gathered up the tools, rain splattered the tarp, stretched tightly across the tools on the Haley’s farm truck.  Rain doused the orange flames, which sizzled and popped among the remaining embers of the burn pile.  Rain drenched like a cleansing shower as I took...

Tara’s Kitchen: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb is coming, and it’s coming fast this year in the Corhaven Garden.  Last weekend, during our Creation Care Retreat, retreatants made this recipe and a complete meal with fresh produce.  In case you were not there, here is the recipe we used for this...
Who knew a farm would be so interesting?

Who knew a farm would be so interesting?

Who knew a farm could be so interesting?  Coracle gathered a group of us for a tour of Polyface Farm in August, where they are taking a lead from God’s design of nature to produce delicious food, excellent in every respect. Polyface, nestled in a beautiful area of...
“Field to Fork” – A Great Day!

“Field to Fork” – A Great Day!

Once again, the recent spring Field to Fork meal was remarkable, a feast for all the senses. Every time people come to Corhaven for an event, I feel a sense of relief.  Finally I can meet the people I have been contacting for some time, and everyone has such an easy...