September Gathering: Healing the Planet, Healing Ourselves
September 17–19, 2021
- Friday September 17
6–8pm, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis (UROC)
“A Love Letter to the Earth,” a musical experience where we will be saturated / bathed in sound, story and dance.
- Saturday September 18
9am–3pm, 2100 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis (NHS)
A time to share stories, resources, and viscerally deepen our understanding of the spiritual crisis that has led to the planet’s disrepair. Together we will uncover tools of justice that heal the planet and humanity.
- Sunday September 19
11am–1pm, Hall’s Island, 907 Sibley St. NE., Minneapolis
Blessing the Mississippi, a gathering at the Mississippi River to honor her and offer our blessings of peace and healing.
Blessed are they who plant trees under whose shade
they will never sit.
– Indian proverb
—The Gift of Ecological Humility by Leah Penniman, Yes! Magazine 2021
Queen Mother Manye Nartike asked Leah Pennman, “Is it true that in the United States, a farmer will put the seed into the ground and not pour any libations, offer any prayers, sing, or dance, and expect that seed to grow?” Met with Leah’s ashamed silence, she continued, “That is why you are all sick! Because you see the Earth as a thing and not a being.”
- Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light helped us get solar for our buildings and is working with our younger scholars, providing leadership development programs and action opportunities that provide tangible ways to make an impact.
- Friends of the Mississippi River works with our older scholars on environmental leadership training. Friends of the Mississippi River protects, restores, and enhances the river ethic, envisioning a river accessible to all and a community that actively embraces this river ethic for current and future generations.
We work with these partners because it’s not enough to offer people opportunities to take action on the issues they care about. Instead, we believe leadership development and training will empower individuals to build a movement capable of creating a just and livable climate for our planet.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
– John Muir, 1911, p. 211