The name for this site is inspired by the gospel stories in which Jesus feeds the multitudes (i.e. Mark 6). When faced with the hungry crowd, the disciples saw only scarcity and suggested the people be sent away to find resources elsewhere. In contrast, Jesus sees the hidden abundance among them and invites the disciples to take inventory of their resources. After recovering the resources, Jesus then gathers them, blesses them, and shares them with the people. Unexpectedly, there was more than enough for everyone. Likewise, rural communities have a hidden abundance that is waiting to be recovered, gathered, and shared. There is more than enough and we can find it here…within and among us.

Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.

~Wendell Berry

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Recovering Abundance is a place for content and conversation about renewal in rural communities. Discussions about peace and justice often focus on the struggles of urban centers (understandably so), but there is also a need to address the challenges and affirm the gifts of rural communities. My hope is that this blog will make a modest contribution to consciousness-raising about rural issues and facilitating dialogue about diverse resources related to rural renewal–social, spiritual, economic, and ecological.

Recovering Abundance is also an emerging nonprofit. We are transitioning from a resource hub to an organization that cultivates rural renewal by nurturing rural spirituality and leadership. We host retreats, create curriculum and books, offer spiritual companionship, and lead community gatherings.

Thanks for visiting and please share your insights and questions!



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