Watershed Discipleship Program Gets Underway

Where are we and how do we live into a positive relationship with the life all around us? Watershed Discipleship is an effort to answer those questions with a place-based way of living into our faith. The Diocese of Arkansas Environmental Task Force, chaired by The Rev. Ragan Sutterfield, is pioneering an effort to bring reconciliation to our community that will enable us to live in a flourishing relationship with the land and one another.

The project is now underway with bi-weekly “watershed bible studies” being held at the Rose City Community Center in North Little Rock. Partnering with the community center, these studies link biblical insights with lessons on the practice of permaculture, an ecologically based design model.

In addition to these regular gatherings, a grant from the national Episcopal Church has provided the diocese with a watershed resource library to enable churches to explore their local ecosystems. Housed at Christ Church, this resource library includes field guides to local birds, flowers, and butterflies as well as manuals for projects that will enhance our local ecosystems. In addition to these publications, the library also includes six pairs of binoculars and one microscope that are intended to enable church groups to go on field trips exploring their local ecosystems.

In the near future there will also be workshops on permaculture design as well as opportunities to connect our worship with our watershed. If you would like to take part in this project or make use of any of these resources please contact the Rev. Ragan Sutterfield at rsutterfield@christchurchlr.org.

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