New Release Documentary Film Cowboy and Preacher Inspires

Cowboy and Preacher

The Life and Times of Tri Robinson

Creation Care Documentary New Release

A new documentary film “Cowboy and Preacher” highlights the connection between caring for the environment and the Bible.

“Through beautiful images that evoke America’s western mythology, a magnificent musical score, and a narrative of Biblical proportions and epic and tragic themes, Cowboy and Preacher seeks to convert the unconverted and bring transformational change and action to the battle for the environment.”

The films follows Tri Robinson, a rancher and retired pastor. Tri’s passion for God’s creation and his desire for Christians to see our role as caretakers of earth are central. You can learn more about Tri Robinson by visiting his website

Cowboy and Preacher Premiered September 15th.

Watch the Cowboy and Preacher Trailer

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Dr. Sleeth To Speak Live Online

Dr. Matthew Sleeth’s opening message on Wed, Nov 3 at the 15th annual Festival of Faiths will be broadcast LIVE online. To watch the service, which begins at 6 pm (EST), go to See below for the official Festival of Faiths announcement:

The 15th annual Festival of Faiths Sacred Soil: Foundation of Life is excited to announce an unprecedented Festival event addition. Our interfaith prayer service will be broadcast LIVE, available via

November 3rd, 6PM
Cathedral of the Assumption
433 South Fifth Street, Louisville

Hosted by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and the Archdiocese of Louisville, local houses of worship, civic and religious leaders come together to open the Festival of Faiths with a celebration of our diversity, gratitude for our unity and a commitment to strengthen the role of religion in society. Dr. Matthew Sleeth, a physician and author of The Gospel According to the Earth, reflects on the relationship between soil and faith. There will be children’s activities during the Service and all are welcome to a complimentary dinner buffet starting at approximately 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public, however, we are so pleased to offer an additional option to those that are unable to join us at the cathedral.

Please visit to participate in a live chat, while virtually attending the service.

Creation Care In Action: Recycling at Ichthus


Four years ago, recycling was not on the radar at the Ichthus Music Festival, which attracts 20,000 (mostly young) Christians each year. Both Ichthus and Blessed Earth are located in the little town of Wilmore, KY, so it’s not surprising that the two teamed up to start a recycling program.

It began with the Sleeth family and their friend, Andy Bathje, leading an enthusiastic team of Asbury University volunteers, picking cans and bottles from the trash. As the three-day festival progressed, more and more attendees started placing their recyclables in the proper bins. By the end of the festival, some band members were even helping with the sorting and collection process.

Now, four years later, recycling is not only a permanent fixture at Ichthus, but a central part of the festival’s “walk the talk” message. One dad even said that finding bottles to throw into high visibility recycling structure (and competing for prizes) is his son’s favorite part of the whole weekend.

Some stats from the June 2010 festival, courtesy of Andy Bathje, who now leads the recycling effort at Ichthus with the youth volunteers from his ministry, Confrontation Point:

  • Over 60,000 beverage containers were collected and saved from landfill.
  • The plastics recycled weighed 1.25 tons, equal to 2 months of county-wide recycling.
  • Over 50 volunteers collected, sorted, and crushed the containers.
  • To help keep concert attendants hydrated with less waste, recyclers also gave away 1,000 gallons of free water to those who reused water bottles.

Festival-goers were encouraged to write their name and cell number on bottles before throwing them into a twelve-foot high cage. Each evening, an “eco-diver” painted green and wearing a cape drew a winning bottle from the cage, and awarded prizes such as Blessed Earth books and film series, t-shirts, and a guitar signed by all main stage artists.

A couple of years ago in Chicago, Matthew met a man who described a lady picking recyclable bottles out of the trash at Ichthus. Matthew proudly replied, “That was my wife!” The tradition that Blessed Earth helped start lives on, and grows bigger each year.
Photo: Andy Bathje sits atop hundreds of plastic bottles recycled at the Ichthus Music Festival.