The vision of the King Nebuchadnezzar in the Book of Daniel (chapter 4:10-12):
“There before me stood a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous. The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth. Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the beasts of the field found shelter, and the birds of the air lived in its branches; from it every creature was fed.”
There is today no one giant tree that will feed and shelter all the earth. But tree by tree, yard by yard, home by home, school by school, congregation by congregation, park by park, neighborhood by neighborhood we can create a Great Orchard, a network of trees and companion plants that can help heal our physical and emotional scars, feed us with luscious, local, healthy food, and create gathering places of peace and belonging.
That is the vision of the BOP.