Nature: An Unceasing Process of Becoming

In a seminary course on Nature and American Religion, students were prompted to reflect on our personal definitions of nature. Where do we draw the line on what is natural, and what is not? Our religious beliefs influence this definition, and engaging in reflection on this definition can be spiritually, mentally, and physically rewarding.

Elizabeth Kavanaugh Murphy served as First Parish Framingham’s ministerial intern from 2021-2023. A graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and Dartmouth College, Elizabeth now works to further the ambitious mission of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts: to create a more just local economy by building bridges to resources, networks, and cooperative action for low- and moderate-income members of our community. The work of the CEDC is created and directed by the people who will benefit most from its success. The past year has provided ample opportunity to further her skills in community ministry, as well as nonprofit real estate development, speaking Spanish, and all the things that can go wrong when you’re responsible for a 20,000-sq. ft. historic movie theater that must endure a winter without a roof. Elizabeth and her family live in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.