This past week, I got a call from a local videographer who is producing a series of Public Service Announcements for the City of Indianapolis for their Keep Indianapolis Beautiful program... specifically an initiative to plant 100,000 trees in Indianpolis in the next decade. They were looking for representatives from different faiths, and my local masjid suggested me. I don't know if it's because they know I'm a tree-hugger (and proud of it!) or if they just think I'm photogenic (hah-hah). The lady launched into her spiel about how important trees are, and I stopped her to say, "You don't have to convince me about trees, I've planted nine trees on my little bitty lot." (We've got between a quarter and a third of an acre, but one of the reasons we are where we are is because the lot backs up to a youth camp which has lots of forest.) I don't know yet what lines I'll have to say (something about the joys/benefits of trees), but I'm just tickled pink to be asked to do this!
The other opportunity, which I'm also tickled pink to be asked to do, is for Beliefnet, which is launching a new program called Guided Spiritual Journals. Basically, the editors will pose a general spiritual question and then a group of writers from different faith traditions will write a journal entry in response to the question. The initial go round will last for three months and have 24 entries. It sounds like it will be fasicinating, and I'm very honored to have been asked to participate.