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John Burroughs: In Love with the Earth

A video narrated by Chris Highland

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John Burroughs – In Love with the Earth

A video narrated by Chris Highland

AUTHOR: John Burroughs

SOURCE:  Chris Highland

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John Burroughs (1837 – 1921) was one of America’s most well-known American naturalists in the late 19th and early 20thcenturies. He grew up in the Catskill Mountains of New York and was later encouraged by poet Walt Whitman to write about nature.  Burroughs published over 30 books, including the first biography of Whitman, travel essays, fishing and camping accounts, and observations of plants, animals and geographic features in the larger contexts of religion and philosophy.  He died an atheist/pantheist.

Chris Highland was a Protestant minister and interfaith chaplain for many years before becoming a humanist celebrant. With a degree in Religion and Philosophy from evangelical Seattle Pacific University, and an M.Div. from a diverse consortium of seminaries (Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley), he has been active in “presence ministry” and nonprofit work in a private school, a county jail, homeless shelters, and affordable housing.

Chris and his wife Carol, a Presbyterian minister, live in Asheville, North Carolina. His website, entitled “Friendly Freethinker,”is www.chighland.com.

To watch Chris Highland’s video featuring naturalist John Burroughs, click the arrow below.

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