Wouldn't it be nice [cue Beach Boys music] if church folks would get more interested in local boots-on-the-ground projects like this? Faith-Based Group Cleans Up the UP
Jon Magnuson, a co-founder of Earth Keepers, is Lutheran campus pastor at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. The program has ecumenical and inter-faith support, and new chapters are in the works at other colleges and universities.
My thought: Why stop with college students? Heck -- organize me; a pudgy middle-aged broad who needs the fresh air and sunshine. A day in the woods is a day in the woods, even if it is spent hauling out idiots' trash. Throw in a few more people and a picnic lunch, and it's practically a party. (Which tells you something about my social life.)
I think it's cool, anyway.