Sustainable Traditions is a conversation and an invitation to embrace a deeply rooted, whole-life Christian discipleship. We seek to live into the reality of the ‘New Creation’ and ‘the renewal and reconciliation of all things’ which is the goal of the Gospel of Jesus. We exist to call the Church at large towards an embodied, community-centric, missional expression of GOD’s love and presence in our neighborhoods and the world.
We (husband and wife: Jason and Pam Fowler) had a personal crisis of life and faith while living in Northern Virginia several years ago. As a newly married couple we felt we were being swept along by a river of expectations in the main-stream of American culture. Get a job, get a house, go to church on Sunday, settle down. Slowly we sensed GOD calling us to a radically different way of life where we began considering the outcome and intentions of the cultural values we have inherited over the years. Many of our answers fell away. New questions emerged. We began dreaming of doing crazy things like planting a big organic garden, living in Christian community, and giving ourselves to the kingdom purposes of GOD (like hospitality, caring for the poor and marginalized, establishing prayer and work as a rhythm of life, etc…)
We’re not there yet. In fact we’ve just begun the journey. Maybe you’re on the journey to. That’s why we felt called to create this project. To encourage you and the many other JESUS followers out there who are trying to find their way in a world so in need of GOD’s shalom.
About This Blogazine
This blogazine serves as a soapbox for the Sustainable Traditions project. We want to magnify the widespread conversation on whole-life Christian faith and how we can all pursue GOD’s sustainable traditions in our everyday lives. We also are featuring here many voices from around the church and the web who we feel are already discussing some element of whole-life Christian faith, sustainable traditions and what it means to embody the beliefs we claim to believe.
Some of the topics we hope to cover:
- Intentional Christian community (shifting from events-orientated to shared-life models of church)
- Sustainable lifestyles (in the context of a Biblical worldview)
- Social justice/ Biblical justice, serving the marginalized and the poor
- Renewing the environment and creation care
- Theology, worldviews, philosophy and Bible studies
- Community renewal
- Humanitarian aid and sustainable development (and how the church must connect the two)
- Rethinking the centralized, industrial food system and advancing sustainable agriculture
- Prayer and Holy Spirit empowered living
- Church history and world history (and how it influences us today. ex: Greek Dualism, the Enlightenment, Celtic Christianity, Anabaptism, etc)
- Organic gardening and gardening as community & mission
- Homesteading (urban & rural) and self-sufficient living
- Interviews and personal stories
- Book reviews and recommendations
- Anti-consumerism and the justice economy
- Simple and frugal living
- Green and alternative building and regenerative energy
- Rethinking church, mission, and ministry
- Family life, domestic ‘ecology’ and generational living
- Radical hospitality
- Prophetic voices (both past and present, in and outside the church, that Christians should take to heart)
- New ‘wineskins’ (new expressions of church life: missional, simple church, new monastics, 24/7 prayer, etc…)
- Mature streams of the Church engaged in GOD’s upside down kingdom activities
- GOD’s economics
- Intentional living from a Christian context
How can YOU be a part of the Sustainable Traditions experiment?
Submit an original article or blog post to the blogazine: Your original article must be related to the topics listed above. You must include a one or two sentence bio. And you need to include a website (blog or otherwise) that you want us to link to (that’s how we pay you back). If the article or post has been pre-published on your blog please send us the exact link to that post. We especially love to hear personal stories about how you are living out your Christian faith through the pursuit of sustainable traditions. We will contact you as soon as we can. We reserve the right to only publish submitted content that meets our editorial standards and that match the vision and values of this project.
Submit your article or story here.
Donate or become a sponsor: We are currently trying to develop Sustainable Traditions into a fully operative and financially self-sustaining organization. If you are a part of a business, ministry, seminary, university or non-profit that is in agreement with our mission and values we would love to talk with you about how we can partner together to promote our common vision. Right now we have banner ad opportunities in our blogazine sidebar and are offering a year-long sponsorship for our online community that would feature your ads.
Beyond sponsoring us online we also are looking to work with organizations and ministries that can help us develop resources for advancing whole-life Christian faith. Some of these resources include:
- Bible studies on social justice, church as community, GOD as creator and redeemer, forming a Biblical worldview, radical hospitality, whole-life discipleship…etc.
- Helps for churches wanting to start a community garden ministry.
Lastly, you can pray with us as we grow the project. Want to know what we have planned for the future? Check out our Vision and Mission (don’t worry, it’s short!)