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Two For One Racing Team Overcomes Challenges

The challenge of a midnight 8K is motivating two East Tennessee friends to keep training against the odds. We first introduced you to Vicky Wallace and Melissa Peplow in May.  They’ve since named their racing team Two for One, have coordinating racing shirts, and have another race behind them.  In their first race since naming […]

Continue Reading By on July 17, 2013 in challenges, faith, fitness, inspiration, mothers, wellness, women

Uniquely Athletic Moms Start Crowdfunding for Sports Wheelchair

Melissa Peplow and Vicky Wallace It’s a beautiful day and Melissa Peplow is watching the time as she and her training partner approach various points on  their morning route. Vicky Wallace has driven them to the lakeside trail in their hometown of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  “She has the wheels all the way around,” joked Peplow […]

Continue Reading By on May 31, 2013 in encouragement, faith, fitness, health, mother, motivation, parenting, sports, wheelchair, women

How Church Got Started with GreenFaith Ministry

Seeing a medium- or large-sized church with a program in place like GreenFaith, the program might seem daunting to a smaller church or to one that previously had no focus on creation care.   While the leaders I met recently at Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga are certainly well-organized and talented, they say any faith […]

Continue Reading By on May 23, 2013 in community, eating better, faith, garden, green, sustainable

People Dig Church-Sponsored Community Garden

Community Garden Manager Lisa Lemza The Senior Warden of the Vestry at Grace Episcopal Church met me wearing boots and a rain slicker at the  community garden still soggy from a morning rain shower.  She’d been greeting people from the neighborhood at the annual plant sale, and she was a few minutes away from teaching a […]

Continue Reading By on May 22, 2013 in agriculture, community, education, faith, garden, green, sustainable

Christian Mission Brings Farmers and Residents Together

Rainy Saturdy Morning at Brainerd Farmers’ Market Just across the street from a typical grocery store and strip mall, in a modest Chattanooga, Tennessee neighborhood, the parking lot is bustling with people at the Brainerd Farmers’ Market.  A rain shower has scattered the usual Saturday morning crowd, and some vendors are packing up.  They’ve brought […]

Continue Reading By on May 21, 2013 in agriculture, community, eating better, education, faith, farm, garden, green, nutrition, organic, South, sustainable

Southern Church Celebrates God’s Creation

The stately stone building anchors the block of a quaint Chattanooga, Tennessee neighborhood, complete with slate tile roof and Celtic cross.  Its surrounding lawn is perhaps what you would expect near a house of worship, except for small differences in the details.  Clover is allowed in otherwise tidy stretches of grass.   Generous areas are […]

Continue Reading By on May 20, 2013 in community, creation care, education, faith, green, sustainable

Kosher Comfort Food for Hanukkah

Could you imagine a major faith celebration without food?  At sundown before this first day of Hanukkah, observers of the Jewish faith sit down for a meal that might include popular latkes or potato cakes, brisket, and sufganiyot (SOOF-gan-eh-YOTE) or jelly donuts.  The eight-day festival of lights and religious freedom will culminate with feasts at […]

Continue Reading By on December 9, 2012 in cooking, faith, food, holidays

Nonprofit Supporters Send 100% of Donations to Haitian School

Christian friends Karen Stevenson, Marcia Fisher and Ludner St. Amour gathered recently with others in East Tennessee for an early Thanksgiving meal of sorts. While the aroma of food poured from the oven and they waiting on more friends to arrive, they shared what they’re doing to help the poorest children in Haiti overcome starvation […]

Continue Reading By on November 13, 2012 in education, encouragement, faith

Helping Haiti’s Schoolchildren

Floods and Hurricane Sandy have brought recent deaths to Haiti, the heavily impoverished island nation still recovering from a major earthquake in 2010.  Deforestation and dysfunction have long been hallmarks of Haiti. Yet, many residents are finding hope. The Christian School of New Vision in La Jeune educates 800 poor children, feeds them one meal […]

Continue Reading By on November 12, 2012 in education, faith, families