God’s Gift of Wilderness



Christians For The Mountains strongly supports the belief that all the earth and all that it contains is sacred because the God created it and called it “good.” (Genesis 1). God created plants and creatures to have space, and for humans to have our space as well, but within an overarching symbiotic relationship. Humans are to nurture and protect creation, and in doing so, the creation will care for us, within limits (Genesis 2:15-17).

Modern society has moved far from direct contact and interrelationship with nature. To return to our God-created rootedness in nature, and in order to better perform our God-given task to nurture and protect creation, we need to spend quality, prayer-driven time in nature. Therefore, CFTM advocates wilderness and other wild spaces for spiritual reasons.

CFTM has worked closely with Appalachia wilderness advocacy. CFTM is also a project of the World Stewardship Institute, which has projects on wilderness.

CFTM produced a video, “God’s Gift of a Wild and Wonderful Land.” Although out-of-print, please contact us if you would like for us to duplicate a copy. Also, check the sidebar link for the film on embedded YouTube, parts 1 and 2.

A brochure has also been produced, “A Christian Declaration on the Spiritual Values of West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest.”

CFTM is a supporter of a proposed “Birthplace of Rivers National Monument.” FaceBook link is at http://www.facebook.com/BirthplaceOfRivers

The website of the National Relgious Coalition on Creation Care has more more resources on wilderness.

We welcome theological contributions, poems, songs, and essays on Christian faith and wilderness.

We are pleased to introduce Marybeth Lorbiecki as our writer for Larry Gibson’s biography. Marybeth is a talented, accomplished author whose pubiished books include the award-winning biography, A Fierce Green
Fire: Also Leopold’s Life and Legacy. Additional works include Following St. Francis: John Paul II’s Call for Ecological Action, and numerous illustrated children’s books.
Website is Marybeth Lorbiecki author .
Marybeth lives in Hudson, Wisconsin, and is married to David Mataya and have grown children. She spent several months interning in eastern Kentucky (Floyd County).

is a fervent advocate for environmental and social justice, diligent organized worker, creative thinker, thorough researcher, and a warm, outgoing, perceptive woman. Her personality resonates with that of
Larry Gibson. Among her other pursuits is that she is founder of Interfaith Oceans. https://www.interfaithoceans.org/

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