Ched Myers: Watershed Discipleship and ‘Catechism of Place’

Ched Myers is an activist theologian, biblical scholar, popular educator, organizer and advocate who has spent the past 40 years working in movements for social change, and empowering Christians in the life and work of peace, justice, and radical discipleship. He is the author of more than 100 articles and over a half dozen books, including Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus, The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics, and Our God is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice. Most recently, he is the editor and contributing author to Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional faith and practice. He lives in the Ventura River watershed in southern California where he carries out his work through Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries. In this episode of RePlacing Church, he joins Ben Katt to discuss:

  • What is a watershed?
  • How two-dimensional political maps harm our imaginations?
  • The triple entendre of Watershed Discipleship
  • Why church needs to move beyond creation care
  • His personal journey of re-place-ment
  • How to undergo a “catechism of place”
  • Why it’s a great time to be a disciple of Jesus and trying to figure out how to be church

Watershed Discipleship: A Conversation between Ched Myers, Denise Nadeau and Rose Berger

Excerpt from Rose Berger's poem "Prophecies from the Watershed Conspiracy"
Excerpt from Rose Berger’s poem “Prophecies from the Watershed Conspiracy”

“Watershed Discipleship: A Conversation between Ched Myers, Denise Nadeau and Rose Berger” is now available online for $9.50 (recorded March 22, 2016). The purchase price supports the transformational discipleship work at Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.

This 1.5 hour webinar celebrated World Water Day with a conversation about various strands of the watershed discipleship vision.  Ched recently edited an anthology entitled “Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith and Practice” (Wipf & Stock, to be published later this year).  Denise Nadeau wrote the Foreword to the volume; joining us from Vancouver Island, she talked about the indigenous “Waterwalking” movement.  Rose Berger contributed poetry to the volume. Rose shared her poetry and some of the symbolism and meaning behind the beautiful words.

Purchase webinar here.

Vancouver, B.C.: Celebrate ‘Salal and Cedar’

Laurel Dykstra at ordination
Laurel Dykstra at ordination

My friend Laurel Dykstra in Vancouver, B.C., has joined with others for a new church plant in the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster on Coast Salish territory where the Fraser River meets the Salish Sea.

By “new” I mean revolutionary and visionary and ancient and deeply now. This is an example of how the church can still offer new wine skins for prophetic new wine — and how our salvation comes from God through the margins and marginalized.

Thank you, Laurel. May we all offer a prayer for Salal and Cedar! See Laurel’s epistle below:

Hello Friends and Fellow Travellers,

I am incredibly excited to introduce Salal and Cedar, a new environmental justice ministry in the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster on Coast Salish territory where the Fraser River meets the Salish Sea.

After months of planning scheming and preparing with collaborators near and far we are starting a church plant/watershed discipleship community for Christians in and around Vancouver who:

• have a heart for creation
• feel most connected to God in ocean, forest, river and field
• are deeply concerned about global climate change
• want to bring their faith to work for ecological justice
• are environmental activists but keep they faith quiet
• believe racial justice, economic justice and environmental justice are connected

Rooted in the Anglican incarnational theology, we are part of a growing commitment to the Fifth Mark of Mission “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

Ecumenically we identify with the Watershed Discipleship Movement: communities that are asking, “what does it mean to be a follower of the Jesus Way here, among the land, water, creatures and people of a particular place?”

Continue reading “Vancouver, B.C.: Celebrate ‘Salal and Cedar’”

Video: If These Guys Can Adopt A Watershed, So Can You


Watch this 4 minute video to see how you can turn your church parking lot into a water conservation project. Learn how to adopt a storm drain. Cut down on your impermeable surface payments with rain gardens. Cut down on your water bills with rainwater recovery systems.

Caring for creation is a core value of most religions and water is symbolic in most faith traditions. See what congregations are doing to reduce polluted runoff to their local rivers and streams. These houses of worship are doing their fair share to reduce polluted run-off and in many cases, the environmental projects are defining their missions. If this diverse group of Christian and Jewish communities in Maryland can do it, then so can you!

Find out more at Riverwise Congregations.
Learn about Watershed Discipleship.