Avery Davis

Avery spent his first 18 years of life growing up in Topeka, Kan. It was in these wide open prairies and farmlands where he developed a deep love for agriculture, wilderness, and the beauty of Creation. He traded prairie vistas for ocean vistas when he moved to Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. At Pepperdine, Avery cultivated his interest in the land, studying Biology, Ecology, and Sustainability.
 
While attending Pepperdine, Avery’s faith grew alongside his love of science and nature. He headed up the school’s student sustainability organization, served as the founding Spiritual Life Advisor for the Sustainable Living-Learning Community, and worked as the on-campus Student Sustainability Coordinator.
 
Avery loves gardening, Wendell Berry, and all things food. He is particularly excited about issues related to climate change and Creation Care, linking his love for beauty with his conviction that Christians are called to abad and shamar (serve and keep) the earth.
 
 

Posts By This Author

Yes, Climate Change Is Terrifying. Here Are 6 Things to Give You Hope.

by Avery Davis 07-13-2017

We will need both lament and hope to cope with the existential crisis of climate change. Go read New York Magazine writer David Wallace-Well’s piece for your dose of lament. Then read the stories below for a briefing on where to look for hope.

Science: A Sacred Resistance

by Avery Davis 04-21-2017

Image via Patricia Camerota 

It is crucial for Christians to be involved in this march and supportive of science. Our orientation to the world is to care for all creation, human and non-human. Science, when done humbly and rigorously, recognizing our creaturely place in creation, and seeking understanding over control, enables us to more fully care for the world and draw closer to God. The march for science is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with scientists whose work helps us better understand the world and care for the oppressed.

Trump Just Signed an Executive Order on the Environment. Here’s What You Need to Know.

by Avery Davis 03-28-2017

The power of the order is found less in its immediate consequences, and more in its trajectory-setting results. While the world is slowly backing away from a crumbling cliff, this executive order represents a shift into drive to send the global climate hurtling toward the ledge.

'Religious Freedom Has Never Been Unfettered'

by Avery Davis, by Da'Shawn Mosley 02-08-2017
Bishop Gene Robinson on the Religious Liberty Fights Ahead

Outside the National Prayer Breakfast. Image via Sharon Stanley-Rea.

“Religious freedom has never been unfettered. It has always been the case that you are free to exercise your religion — as long as it’s not hurting anyone else,” Bishop Gene Robinson said. 

Happy Thanksgiving? End the Violence at Standing Rock

by Avery Davis 11-23-2016

Image via Peg Hunter/Flickr

In the same week as a holiday that celebrates gratitude, inclusivity, and cultivation of common ground, militarized police and political powers chose instead to continue a 600-year American legacy: destruction of land, sterilization of culture, and denial of the full humanity of indigenous people.

The Patron Saint of Environmental Justice?

by Avery Davis 10-04-2016

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Francis’ life shows us that were he with us today, he would likely be less concerned with the blessings of pets and more concerned with the racism and classism of our environmental problems.

Joe Biden Crashes College Party With This Important Message

by Avery Davis 10-04-2016

Screenshot via FunnyorDie.com

The two team up to take on rape culture and send a strong message about bystander intervention. Vice President Biden reminds us of the statistics: one-in-five women and one-in-sixteen men assaulted by the time they leave college. But he’s not the only one qualified to talk about sexual assault. Biden assures us" “Everyone in this room is qualified. It’s on all of us to change the culture and prevent sexual assault.”

1 Year Later, '100 Miles' March Takes on Rising Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

by Avery Davis, by Lucy Hadley 09-21-2016

Image via Steve Pavey/Hope in Focus.

It has been a year since immigrant mothers made the impressive pilgrimage on foot from an immigrant detention center in Pennsylvania to the political seat of power in Washington, D.C. On Sept. 16, the women of last year’s 100 Women 100 Miles pilgrimage returned to the steps of the Supreme Court — singing, chanting, and praying for justice and mercy in the immigration system. Then, as part of an event organized by We Belong Together and The National Domestic Workers Alliance, they retraced a portion of their steps — a scaled-down anniversary pilgrimage, from the Supreme Court to the White House.

Kissing Sexist, Racist Christianity Goodbye

by Avery Davis 09-12-2016

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Brock Turner’s case is not an isolated incident of a poor judge or a flawed judicial system. The roots of Brock Turner’s three month sentence goes deeper than the courtroom in Santa Clara, Calif. These roots extend deeply into the soil of power, privilege, and patriarchy — systems actively formed, in part, by misdirected Christianity. Eldredge, Harris, Driscoll, and Piper are only four recent examples of a harmful narrative that has been preached for centuries.

Yes, Prayer Can Change Things

by Avery Davis, by Lucy Hadley 09-01-2016

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We are at a moment when prayer is often viewed as a cop-out for policy action. The distaste for prayer in our political arena was most visible in the New York Daily News cover story “God Isn’t Fixing This,” following the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting in December. The cover story called the politicians’ prayer tweets “meaningless platitudes” in the face of their inaction.

In light of this frustration with the political posturing of prayer, how might we see the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation as a meaningful action toward climate justice?

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