Donna Schaper is senior minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York City. She has two green thumbs, one as a gardener and the other as a pastor. She likes to make things grow. She teaches at Hartford Seminary, a leading interfaith seminary, and consults frequently on brick and mortars, real estate and sacred sites. Her most recent book of 38 is I Heart Francis: Letters from an Unlikely Admirer.

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We are from earth, Earth

Eco Catholic: Everybody is from somewhere, and the answer is usually pretty simple. You know where you are from — or think that you do.


Fun, easy public transportation can end the car commute

Eco Catholic: To get people out of the absurdity of the car as commute — the one-person-per-vehicle picture that you can get in almost any traffic jam anywhere — we also have to make it easy.


10 reasons why environmentalists love to pay taxes

Eco Catholic: On Tax Day think of these 10 ways to guide your prayers of thanksgiving to be able to contribute to a country you love.


Reimagine worship spaces, resurrect churches from disuse

Eco Catholic: The pace of closings of buildings, if not congregations, is increasing as congregations get smaller and buildings get more expensive to maintain, but here is an opportunity inside the problem that has to do with the bricks themselves.