Coming July 5-10, 2020:
Faith, Science & Environmental Stewardship with David Roon, PhD.
In this time of long nights, as we await the Winter Solstice and the return of longer days, we metaphorically await the birth of Jesus, who became the Christ, and we enjoy the sparkling and aromatic Christmas trees with which we mark the season. Let our thoughts dally on the forest of evergreen trees and sparkling water of Hood Canal found at Seabeck Conference Center. Take a moment to say a prayer for Seabeck and bend your mind to planning for next summer’s All-Church camp.
Living responsibly with God’s creation
We look forward to meeting David Roon in February on a date to be arranged. He is looking forward to beginning to share the spiritual and scientific sides of ecology and conservation biology.
Reflections from the Seabeck Book Club Selection
“Wild meadow sweetgrass grows long and fragrant when it is looked after by humans. Weeding and for the habitat and neighboring plants strengthens its growth.” (61)
A prayer – as we ponder God’s Creation and the miracle of Jesus’s birth – from the “Thanksgiving Address” of the Onondaga people, known to them as the Words That Come Before all Else:
Today we have gathered and when we look upon the faces around us we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now let us bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People. Now our minds are one. (107)
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer