Amphibians are among the unsung heroes of their ecosystems. Frogs, toads, and salamanders do a lot of heavy lifting in their habitats – smack dab in the middle of the food chain, they eat a lot of bugs and provide food for a lot of larger critters.
From this angle, the land becomes precisely what one might not expect –it becomes a church. Specifically, Church of the Woods, a new ministry created and chaplained by Reverend Steve Blackmer, an Episcopal priest in the diocese of New Hampshire and executive director of Kairos Earth.
Certainly there is much compelling evidence in scripture that we humans are charged to care for the rest of creation. To steward resources responsibly. To respect the created order and to protect the natural world.