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.
September Gathering: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves
Why are we doing this?
- To re-examine and re-imagine the spiritual connection between planetary and human health.
- To increase our understanding of the interconnection between our health and the health of our planet through practicing ancient healing modalities and spiritual experiences, telling stories of interdependence, and transformative education.
- Deepen our empathy for the wellbeing of planet earth and all of its inhabitants
- Collectively shift and move from a human centered existence to one that is in harmony with the rhythm and wellbeing of the 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