Sacrificing the Sacred: In Memory of the Pioneer Cabin Tree

Tracey Bianchi

Tracey Bianchi
January 18, 2017

The Pioneer Cabin Tree, now fallen, was an odd blend of the sacred and the sacrilegious.

Jake Raabe
January 18, 2017

Beautiful and moving reflection, Tracey. Thanks for sharing.

January 18, 2017

This story was a blessing to me. It reminds me of what's important. God blesses us with so much that is sacred, that we take for granted.

Eric Van Dyken
January 25, 2017

Hi Tracey,

I am interested in probing a bit further to better understand where you are coming from. A couple questions:

1) What is your working definition of "sacred"?
2) Based on this definition, is all of creation sacred, or just the parts we are particularly struck by? Leading to: Is a cricket sacred too, or not so much as tall old trees?
3) What is your working definition of "holy" or "holiness"?
4) Based on this definition, is creation holy?
5) What is your working definition of "desecrate"? How might you differentiate between desecration and use?
6) Based on this definition, are all gift shops and parking lots a desecration? If not, how might we know the difference between those that are a desecration and those that aren't?

Thanks for your consideration of these questions.

January 30, 2017

Thank you Tracey for an emotionally evocative piece. And thank you Eric for some very perceptive and very important questions as we try to think through the Christian's proper response to nature and environmental issues.

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