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Brian Frick is the Associate for Camp and Conferences Ministries with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has been involved in camp and conference ministry since high school. For the past ten years, Brian has served as program director of Johnsonburg Center in New Jersey, Westminster Woods in California, and Heartland Center in Missouri.

Camp and conference ministry compliments and partners with other ministry aspects of our church to foster faith development and reflection. As our communities and our church changes, our ministries need to grow and adapt with creative and emergent programming and leadership to meet new realities.

These blogs entries, though varied, are intended to spur thought and conversation around the opportunities and challenges before us.

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March 19, 2010

Stop the madness...

Mountaintop-removal5201 Take a look at the area around Colcord, WV on  As you pan around north, south, east, and west - you will see barren areas - treeless tracks.  These are actually the scars left by what used to be mountains! 
Today coal is being harvested in huge amounts by a process called "mountaintop removal".  A small group of employees working for a large corporation come in and using HUGE equipment start taking the mountain down and as they do, remove the coal from the ground.220px-2008_US_electricity_generation_by_source_v2

Why?  We need coal.  A HUGE portion of our energy (48.7% according to wikipedia - comes from Coal and until that changes, there will be demand.
Why is mountain top removal bad?  It rips apart the landscape in a way that can not be restored.  It pollutes the land with by-products and interestingly - it reduces - not increases - jobs in an area that needs jobs!  West Virginia has a high unemployment rate and coal mining used to provide a large portion of their jobs.  Now that number is drastically decreased because of the "efficiency" of mountaintop removal.
So as a society, every time we turn on a light, we are choosing to allow this destruction to happen - either with, or without our knowledge.

The idea of "clean coal" is an interesting one when it comes to the burning our output side of the energy equation.  But does NOTHING to address the unclean-ness, the ugliness, the brokeness of this assault on the land.  (Yes, I'm using strong words but what else can you use when you see these pictures?)
What do to about it?  Fortunately, there are many taking a stand but standing up against big business (who rakes in a HUGE profit because of the low number of employees needed!) is a huge challenge.
More in the next post about what we can do to address this "scar upon the land" and at least begin to raise awareness of this complex and politically charged reality.

What are we as a faith community doing to actively support positive interactions with God's creation?  How is our use of electricity and detachment from the source a response to God's call to care for the earth?  What can we do?  Who can we tell?  What resources are there?  Where is our faith-filled voice?

January 27, 2010


Ok. For those of you who know where I am writing this, it's an ironic title (I'm at the Pastors of Large Churches Gathering at St. Pete Beach.) but that's not what it's about. It's about what I read in...

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January 20, 2010


When my son and I go out shopping, he usually carries his wallet "just in case" he sees a toy or deck of cards he can't live without. I'm not sure if he has learned responsible financial management as my...

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January 15, 2010

Pinch Me!

It's been slow on the blog and I apologize but with relatives from out of state and then a whole week of no school (Yes, the boys are still talking about it!) for snow - it's been a bit nuts...

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December 23, 2009

Exciting, pre-historic news from Ghost Ranch!

Once again Ghost Ranch is rocking (pun intended!) the scientific world with a unique dinosaur find! Below is an excerpt from the article published this month in Science Magazine. Newly Discovered Dinosaur Illuminates Ancient Lineage Tawa hallae a new species...

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