May–June 2015: RESILIENCE

by Warren Lynn
Monarch caterpillar on milkweed
photograph, 2013
by Warren Lynn

Rev. Warren Lynn is the Executive Minister for Christian Vocations at Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and an Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator. He is also an accomplished photographer who shares his reverence for nature through images like this one. He blogs at wellfedspirit.org.

Monarch butterflies sip nectar from many different types of flowers. Their immature caterpillars, however, must eat milkweed leaves in order to survive metamorphosis into their stunning black-and-orange adult form. Monarch populations are in severe decline due to widespread use of common herbicides containing glyphosate, which eradicates milkweed. Nearly a billion monarchs have been lost in the past 25 years. This year, please plant some Asclepias native to your region. For more information, go to xerces.org/milkweed.

CONTENTS
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Resiliency Builders
Staying strong during tough times. 
DAN JOHNSON
Lichen
A poem.
JARED CARTER
Autumn
A poem.
MIRANDA MAUREEN MARSICO
Emotional Resilience
A conscious choice for evolutionary growth.
ROSE MARY O’MALLEY
Secondary Resilience
The test is coming. How resilient will we be?
GENE BALDWIN
Under New Management
A poem.
GENE BALDWIN
Webs of Connection
We are partners in tending our common life.
BRENT WRIGHT
Hidden Wound
A poem.
BARRY HARRIS
Stand in Solidarity
Our fates are all tied together.
MARK SNIDERMAN
Resilience from Within
Cultivating a practice of self-care.
DIANA ENSIGN
Down but Not Out
Turning problems into projects.
SCOTTY BRUER
Releasing the Why
Let go of having to know the truth.
KENETHA STANTON
Our Bitter Angels
A poem.
BARRY HARRIS
Bouncing Back, Bounding Forward
Learning the next steps takes practice.
DARREN CHITTICK
Blackberry Winter
A poem.
JOHN SHERMAN

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