Alison Leigh Lilly

• peace, poesis & wild holy earth •

Can Christians Be Animists?

Mark Wallace’s new book, When God Was A Bird, represents a well-intentioned first step along the path towards Christian animism. Unfortunately, it is the same first step that Christians have been taking for hundreds of years. Can they do better? …maybe.

February 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Burning Bush

This bush is on fire,
and we have misplaced god.

April 19, 2017

Celebrating Earth Day: Phenology Bingo

This year I was especially blessed to have the chance to help plan the Earth Day service offered by my UU church this past weekend. And it was nothing short of marvelous.

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April 20, 2016

Celebrating Earth Day: Phenology Bingo

Earth Day has long been a holy day for me, and I’ve marked it through personal and family rituals for years. But this year, I was especially blessed: I had the chance to help out with the Earth Day service offered by my UU church this past weekend. And it was nothing short of marvelous.

April 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

What’s Good for the Bird is Good for the Herd: Cooperation at Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Social and environmental justice are not (and never have been) separate issues.

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February 4, 2016

What’s Good for the Bird is Good for the Herd: Cooperation at Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge

One of the most insidious ideas that environmentalists and animists alike continue to struggle against is the belief that to be pro-environment is to be automatically anti-human. But social and environmental justice are not (and never have been) separate issues. The success of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, and the resiliency of its community in the face of adversity, can provide us with a real-life example of how principles of cooperation, commitment and trust can help us nurture meaningful, healthy relationships in the more-than-human community.

January 29, 2016 · 4 Comments

The Welcoming Wild: Community for Introverts & Animists

An animist is never alone, not really. But how does that help an introvert?

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January 13, 2016