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FIRE IN US

a woman can’t surviveby her own breathalone… From “Fire” by Joy Harjo, which inspired the following poem. A significant part of the Earth Jam 2021 Opening Ceremony was a deep dive into the four elements: Earth,  Air, Water, and Fire. We did this by resting in four poems — one for each element. After the … CONTINUE READING

WATER IN US

…I drink a long time. It tastes like stone, leaves, fire… From “At Blackwater Pond” by Mary Oliver, which inspired the following poem. A significant part of the Earth Jam 2021 Opening Ceremony was a deep dive into the four elements: Earth,  Air, Water, and Fire. We did this by resting in four poems — one … CONTINUE READING

AIR IN US

If you stand at the edge of the forestAnd stare into iitEvery tree at the edge will blow a little extra oxygen toward you… From “Ancient Language” by Hannah Stevenson, which inspired the following poem. A significant part of the Earth Jam 2021 Opening Ceremony was a deep dive into the four elements: Earth,  Air, … CONTINUE READING

EARTH IN US

… And we pray, notfor new earth or heaven, but to bequiet in heart, and in eye,clear. What we need is here. From “What We Need is Here” by Wendell Berry, which inspired the following poem. A significant part of the Earth Jam 2021 Opening Ceremony was a deep dive into the four elements: Earth,  … CONTINUE READING

Provocative statements/generative questions

It was wonderful to enjoy the presence and participation of Bill Phipps, Former Moderator of the United Church at the Opening Ceremony of Earth Jam 2021.  Here, in point form, is how Bill described our current Ecological/Climate Crisis. These provocative statements open the space for generative questions. I have listed a few here – I … CONTINUE READING

Why participate?

We have had a summer marked by heat, smoke and fire. Also by the most dire findings yet from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Major climate changes inevitable and irreversible – IPCC’s starkest warning yet” “Report warns temperatures likely to rise by more than 1.5C bringing widespread extreme weather” The Guardian online, Aug. … CONTINUE READING

WHY CEREMONY?

Seven of us met on Monday, June 14, as part of a planning circle for the Season of Creation (Sept. 1 – Oct. 11). There were introductions and “ecotroductions,” a new word for me meaning an introduction where you reference your embeddedness in the land and in your community. It became clear in our conversation that we wanted to begin our journey together with a ceremony/ritual/ liturgy. This blog offers some thoughts about why that is important.

PERSONAL PLACE

One of the members of the Green Exodus community has been reflecting on the opportunity to create a personal land acknowledgement. In the following comments she expresses poignantly where many of us start from as settlers or immigrants when we think about how we want to honour the place we inhabit now, the place which … CONTINUE READING

LOVE, PETS AND THE EARTH

Green Exodus meditation leader and participant Ken Madden, writing on the site The Tattooed Buddha, shared this meditation for developing four core Buddhist virtues: compassion, empathic joy, loving-kindness and equanimity. In the presence of our pets, we can deepen our capacity to receive reality just as it is – with love. “I offer this as … CONTINUE READING

LAND STORY

In our Green Exodus Gatherings we have been considering our personal land stories and land acknowledgements. Suzanne V. took that challenge (Thank you, Suzanne!) and responded with the following words and artifacts (pictured):  The red basket, for fire, has a lava rock in it.It represents the earth’s core of molten lava, flowing and erupting.We have a … CONTINUE READING