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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Advent devotionals, abbreviated edition

Eco Catholic: Speedup is everywhere in our culture and our lives. This season, consider doing a briefer Advent devotional. You can declare an Advent wait, fully achieved.

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Biblical plain talk about climate change

If we were to stop trying to dominate God and to instead love and praise God, we could find our way to the courage to protect the sun, the wind, the rain, the clouds — and even ourselves. 

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Of elves, identity politics and ethics of fracking

Eco Catholic: The most interesting environmental issue in New York State right now: If we ban fracking and then buy fracked energy from Pennsylvania, are we still helping the environment?

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Sustainability is a process, not a binary

Eco Catholic: My 71-year-old writer friend insists she is not retiring but "rewiring." She says she is trying to connect to another source of power. There's certainly nothing wrong with what she is doing. Still, there is just the clang of the binary to her intention.

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