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“A Small Space: Campus Gardens as Sites for Social Change” *


I’d like to begin with a quote from a new “sacred text” I’ve been reading: Trees of Power, by self-described arboreal ally Akiva Silver: 


“The problems of the Earth are overwhelming. Looking around I can see my government engaged in a never ending war, tar sands stretching across western Canada, deforestation of the tropics, and demise of polar bears...


A Place Held in the Palm of Nature
Delivered at Morning Prayers in Harvard's Memorial Church on February 7, 2020.

I spent the summer of 2018 in a rustic one room cabin on a small pond in Western Maine. It was the best summer of my life. I walked to the mossy spring at the bend in the road to fill jugs for drinking water; I had only intermittent cell phone reception; and my daily bath was a brisk dip in the pond. Two things made that summer special.

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       Dirt Education
    Gardening As Ministry

My field education job title for the summer of 2019 is Garden Goddess! My joyous duties include coordinating a team of students, faculty and staff to plant, tend and harvest produce from the Harvard Divinity School’s organic vegetable garden. Our twelve raised beds...


One Tree At a Time

Beginning in the Fall of 2017 I took a three-year leave from my teaching at the University of Maine Farmington to pursue a Master’s of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School. So far, it’s been an intellectually and spiritually challenging experience that has helped me grow as a thinker, a teacher and a person-in-the-world. One of my favorite classes has been ...


 Jesus and the Compost Pile

What do Jesus and the compost pile have in common? The promise of everlasting life. My partner Ruth and I love to compost. The idea that our spoiled leftovers and our cooking scraps can be made into new earth seems nothing short of miraculous. We used to have a small farm with a herd of goats, some chickens and large veggie gardens and fruit trees. Our compost pile then was gigantic, composed of soiled hay from the barn and droppings from the chicken. . . 

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