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.
Eco Catholic: A storm uprooted the two largest trees on our property, both over 75 years old. My small question is one so clearly dwarfed by Puerto Rico and more: But why am I having a mild breakdown over the loss of 23 trees?
The crockpot lunch is an invention and intervention in climate change and helplessness, as well as in frugality, communal engagement, anti-desk sitting and anti-individualism. It's a kind of anti-mice, pro-human, pro-planet bliss.
Eco Catholic: Everybody is from somewhere, and the answer is usually pretty simple. You know where you are from — or think that you do.
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.