Saturday, January 14, 2012
Just some beautiful diatoms for your Saturday
Back in the day, clergy were also often scientists, and it was actually a Lutheran clergy person, the Francis Wolle (1894), who published the first account of the diatoms of North America. I love to learn of clergy who are "also" something else. Clergy should be leaders in inquiry and wonder in the world. I like that Wolle cared for a congregation AND cataloged diatoms with a microscope.
Thanks to Evelyn Gaiser for alerting me to this beautiful part of creation in the recent issue of Word and World: Theology for Christian Ministry.
Diatoms are also incredibly sensitive to the environment, and tell us much about how our environment is doing. Dr. Gaiser writes, "Diatoms are indeed a blessing in so many ways; they remind us of trustworthy sentinels of the state of our water resources, and by thinking like them, we should be able to more responsibly care for our threatened planet."