The poet Wendell Berry says:
“Because we have not made our lives to fit
Our places, the forests are ruined, the fields eroded,
The streams polluted, the mountains overturned. Hope
Then to belong to your place by your own knowledge
Of what it is that no other place is, and by
Your caring for it as you care for no other place, this
Place that you belong to though it is not yours,
For it was from the beginning and will be to the end”
This summer we are inviting our congregation to belong to our places. So take some time in the next week to chose a place you want to learn more about. It could be your whole backyard, a small space in your yard, a tree or garden outside a window where you live, or someplace public you can walk to and explore. Spend time noticing and learning about what is there. Consider making a video of your place, describing what you know and how that knowledge is shaping your spiritual journey within God’s creation’ and your commitment to sustainability and gratitude.
Each week we will offer a reflection or a question for you to take to this place, as you learn to belong to it and care for it.