What does “religion and the environment” look like? Be inspired by the many dimensions of faith-based creation care, environmental justice, and spiritual elements of ecology and sustainability in this digital gallery...

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2019 Photo Contest First Prize: “Ecstacy”–muralist Dimitri Kadiev caught painting one of four sacred murals we brought from Taos to the Capitol in Santa Fe for Global Climate Strike, Sept 20. Photo credit: Todd Wynward, TiLT [Taos Initiative for Life Together]

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2019 Photo Contest Second Prize: Me and my friends were picking up trash out of a forest for class extra credit and we stumbled across this glass jar with plants growing through it, showing how even when we treat nature bad it still finds beauty in the forgotten treasures such as this glass jar being home to new life. Photo credit: Mikayla Benjamin

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2019 Photo Contest (tie for) Third Prize: Reciprocity – A young girl gently lowers a ladybug onto a flower during a ladybug release at the GrowHaus, a nonprofit urban farm. Photo credit: Kelsey Ryan-Simkins

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“Rooted in Tradition” Townsfolk in the village of Worawora (pronounced “Ra-ra”), Ghana, watch dancers and offer customary greetings during the final funeral celebration of one of the community’s elder sub-chiefs. Polyphonic layers of drumming, synchronized hands and canes beating the surfaces of cylindrical, stretched animal hides, and sporadic booms of rifle blanks fired into the hot air accompanied the cheerful choruses singing praise of the life and spirit of the sub-chief. Photo credit: Emma

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This picture was my very first “fall photo” of the year. It caught my attention as I was walking up my drive way. I was intrigued by how only one leaf stood on its own. Had I not looked down and stopped I would’ve never noticed this. We should always stop and recognize as well as admire God’s creation even in the little things! Photo credit: Rayjohnny Williams

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Temple Chai, Phoenix AZ, Jewish Star Garden is planted by the first grade Sunday School class each year. If you know the Earth intimately, you are much more likely to respect and protect it, and feel connected to the Source of Life. We donated many pounds of summer squash to our local food bank, and to Arizona Jews for Justice to feed asylum seekers. Photo credit: Nona Siegel

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A Buddhist monastery and garden, built in the shape of a 8 spoke wheel, seated in a valley in Lake County, Montana. Properly named “Ewam and the Garden of a Thousand Buddhas” Monks live intentionally here, studying, mediating working and praying year round. Tibetan Prayer Flags fly in the wind here, sending prayers to the mountains of Montana and the world. Photo credit: Parker Dean

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A Buddhist monastery and garden, built in the shape of a 8 spoke wheel, seated in a valley in Lake County, Montana. Properly named “Ewam and the Garden of a Thousand Buddhas” Monks live intentionally here, studying, mediating working and praying year round. Tibetan Prayer Flags fly in the wind here, sending prayers to the mountains of Montana and the world. Photo credit: Parker Dean

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A Buddhist monastery and garden, built in the shape of a 8 spoke wheel, seated in a valley in Lake County, Montana. Properly named “Ewam and the Garden of a Thousand Buddhas” Monks live intentionally here, studying, mediating working and praying year round. Photo Credit: Parker Dean

Brown_flower

While planting echinacea flowers late in spring to serve the summer pollinators, this delicate crab spider made an appearance. How easily this messenger could’ve gone unseen, not much larger than a seed from the plant she blends into. This struck me as a reminder of the wisely guided and often unnoticed details of a fragile, and simultaneously immense life, to be cherished … and its gifts honored. Photo credit: Aubree Brown

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Whenever I walk through the Glen Helen Nature Preserve, I’m seeking a special kind of silence: One that echoes peace. One that resounds in the doings of the creatures in life, hard at work and scrutinizing in their attendance to the vitality and balance of the earth. It’s beautiful; in one chance rest along the path, you can watch the divine wheel of our world turn, and understand the story without a word. Photo credit: Aubree Brown

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Every year when flowers are at their peak, I try to capture some of the beauty of God’s creation. This morning I took some photos of the caladium leaves (while not a bloom, the leaves provide glorious color all summer). When I looked at the photos on my computer I saw the heart shadow on this leaf. I didn’t notice it when I took the photo but it somehow represented the gift of the beauty all around me. I might title it “At the Core of Beauty is a Loving Heart.” Photo credit: Ann Hitzhusen

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Sunrises and sunsets are such gifts of beauty! This photo was taken at sunset over the harbor at Put in Bay, Ohio. Title: Fire in the Clouds? Photo credit: Ann Hitzhusen

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Pondering the death of Jesus on a Good Friday hike in Leprechaun Canyon, Utah. Photo credit: Alexander Wimmer

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The village of Firostefani in Oia Santorini. Photo credit: Chrisoula Spanorigas

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On pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico. A group of 15 young adults, led by the Catholic group Creatio, walked 43 miles over three days on pilgrimage to this holy site in New Mexico. Photo credit: Juan Andres Coriat

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Near the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo Credit: Sara Miller

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2019 Photo Contest (tie for) Third Prize: My trip to the 12 Apostles in Princetown, Australia. 12 Apostles represents the team that Jesus brought together to tell the world about our divine nature. This photo shows the light peaking through the clouds creating a feeling of calm and connectedness to our Earth. Photo credit: Cassidy Jenney