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.
Say the word ‘Prophet’ and a certain image might come to mind. A man in a robe with a long scraggly beard. He looks crazy. He looks underfed. He looks irritated with everyone. He shakes his finger. He points. He shouts. He condemns. He demands repentance.