Of Green Stuff Woven

Cathleen Bascom (Author)


Around the globe, small bands of eco-activists are working to save one reef, one rain forest, one river at a time. Of Green Stuff Woven depicts a group of native gardeners who are restoring tall grass prairie on land connected to their historic Episcopal cathedral in the middle of the financial district in Des Moines, Iowa. They are approached by hotel developers and are caught between their passion for the prairie and their need for money to repair their crumbling cathedral. Of course, the parish's largest donor stands to profit from the deal! The creation? Or the cash? As flood waters rise, so do the stakes of their choice.Of Green Stuff Woven springs from the experience of two devastating floods and of the burgeoning prairie restoration movement. Told by Brigid Brenchley--kind and quirky cathedral dean--it is Brigid's tale but also the story of a faith community: hardworking plant enthusiasts, parishioners of varied persuasions; the bishop; the mayor; and most importantly a beloved cathedral member who loses his home and life to the flood. All converge like spokes in the spinning wheel of this decision. The book articulates the depths of Anglican spirituality that undergird creation care ministry, with compassion highlights the plight of threatened plant species and people vulnerable to climate events, and challenges us all to examine the decisions we make in the stewardship of our land.It does all this while taking readers on a good ecclesiastical romp and retaining realistic hope.

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Light Messages
Publish Date
March 24, 2020
5.6 X 8.5 X 0.6 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Of Green Stuff Woven is the debut novel by Cathleen Bascom who was recently elected the first woman Bishop of Kansas in the Episcopal Church.An assistant professor of religion for four years at Waldorf University and a priest of 28 years in various Episcopal parishes between the Great Lakes and the Rockies, Cathleen served most recently as Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Des Moines, Iowa. She and the cathedral aided in recovery efforts during the flood of 2008 and were named Urban Stewards of the Year for the installation of an urban prairie green-space. These experiences are imaginatively tapped in Of Green Stuff Woven. Passionate about saving the threatened tallgrass prairie, Cathleen founded Iowa Creation Stewards, helping other churches plant postage stamp prairies and organize around environmental concerns, and was appointed by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to the Episcopal Church's Task Force on Creation Care.Cathleen, who recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University and tends to collect degrees in English Literature and Theology, has contributed chapters to the books Hungry Heart and Expressions of Religious Experience in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. Cathleen intends to be a writing bishop, with more stories to come! Connect with Cathleen at Greenstuff-Bascom.com.


"Bursting with botanical piquancy, Of Green Stuff Woven is a novel about the relationship between humans, their environment, and the divine." --Foreword Reviews
"This new novel by 'writing bishop' Cathleen Bascom, is a book you won't want to put down! Filled with delightful characters and page-turning situations, it's also an important book dealing with important issues around our responsibility for God's creation. And for the sake of us all, it's a book with a message that we can't put down." -The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
"The flood waters are rising, on the planet and also in our consciousness. We need our greatest artists in every genre to help humanity finds its way in a time of unprecedented crisis, to build arks out of words, music, movement and images. We need guides to transformation and a sustainable life. The Rt. Rev. Cathleen Bascom, writer and the Episcopal Bishop of Kansas has stepped forward to help fill this need with a beautiful new novel, Of Green Stuff Woven. Bascom writes winningly - you will find yourself caring for her characters, human and chlorophyll-bearing - and she writes with humor, a rare quality today. I invite you to take a walk among the tall grasses and wildflowers, the humans of different passions and persuasions that populate Of Green Stuff Woven. You will feel strengthened and encouraged by the experience." --Marc Andrus, Episcopal Bishop of California