The Caring for All Creation Series occurs on the Unceded Territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. For this we give many layers of thanks.
Monday Evenings: 6-9pm
(March 3 – May 13)
3787 Cedar Hill Road
Tuesday Evenings: 6-9pm
(March 4 – May 13)
375 West 10th Avenue
“Live” Online Series
From Fear and Apathy to Active-Hope and Love
Week 1 & 2 (March 3-16)
Many respond to our current environmental and social crises either with fear, defensive apathy or denial. This session first examines what holds us captive in destructive patterns and how we begin to change these patterns by having affection for land, water, and people; responding not with false optimism, but with a hope that is active in caring for creation. We will also explore how our belonging is an embodiment of the world we wish to see.
(Click here for this theme’s readings and activities.)
Re-Valuing Vocation in Land and Food Systems
Week 3 & 4 (March 17-30)
We are called to care for the land. How does one do this in our increasingly urbanized world? How can our food systems be improved to respect the health of people, the land and communities?
Guest Speakers: Seann Dory, Erika Mundel, Andrew Rushmere!
De-colonization and Indigenous Wisdom
Week 5 & 6 (March 31-April 13)
How do we have of Indigenous, Immidrant and Settler story have right relationships? How do we learn the full-story of our past, the story only known by the land that gives us life? What might the truths revealed in this story require of us today and tomorrow?
Guest Speaker: Sara Stratton!
From Extractivism to a Gift Economy
Week 7 & 8 (April 14-27)
Guest Speakers: Christine Boyle, Ross Moster!
Extractivism is the undercurrent mindset of non-indigenous society, founding, maintaining and perpetuating colonialism today. Climate change and global inequity are among its manifestations. If decolonization is the process of re-belonging to our particular landscapes, what kind of economy does this process entail? What is a gift economy and how do we transition into it? How can vocational life found a new economy?
A Culture and Politics for our Land, Water and Communities
Week 9 & 10 (April 28-May 11)
A extractivist culture based on ever increasing wants ignores natural and moral limits. We must develop or rediscover a culture of caring for land, water and communities. Politics of sound bites and propaganda need to be replaced with genuine local conversations in communities about our commonwealth: our common place. How do we foster this cultural shift? The changes that are required are changes of our lives. How can our movement be more than a political fad of protest and political action. Is it really up to the local embodiments of a caring culture to foster global structural change?
Guest Speakers: Dr. Sven Wetering, David Goa, Dr. Johanna Wolf!
The Art of the Commonplace
Week 11 (May 12-13)
As we glimpse and experience the magnitude of suffering around the world, we ask: “Where on earth do we begin?” Today’s ecological crises are overwhelming, complex, and increasing. In the face of such extremity and in knowing our own economic and cultural dependencies uphold this system, the agency of our lives can feel meaningless.
However, perhaps within our very question, is our answer: on Earth. To begin on Earth. To begin by being differently. If today’s ecological crises are symptoms of a deeper cultural- and spiritual-need that is due to our disconnections from our places, then re-belonging is our great work. Perhaps this work – of living a radically ordinary life – is the art of our commonplace. The art of knowing, loving, and caring for place, and in so doing, belonging to All.
Bring your neighbours, friends, family!
(Here’s a invitation you can give to others: Caring for All Creation Invitation
Or, hang up a poster!: Caring for All Creation Poster)