Community Orchard Aims to Provide More than Fruit to Residents

By Brett Hetherington* Nestled between E. 86th and E. 88th Streets in Cleveland you will find Brookdale Orchard. The orchard is one part of a long-running neighborhood revitalization mission, it’s an important piece with many elements and intriguing possibilities. Mittie Imani Jordan oversees the Brookdale Orchard as well as much of what happens within the [...]

Creation Justice Fair Celebrates Those Dedicated to Reducing Environmental Damage and Social Injustice

By Rick Wolcott* “All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy, resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship [...]

East Ohio Pastor Shares Personal Connection with the People of Ukraine

By Brett Hetherington* The Rev. J. Harlen Rife currently serves as the pastor of Pearl Road United Methodist Church (North Coast District), but an earlier chapter in his life still impacts his life in an unexpected way in 2022. From 2010 to 2012 Rife and his wife Madeline served with the Peace Corps in Ukraine. [...]