Gloom & Nourishment
“Our disconnection from our place, from our bioregion, from our watershed, is certainly not the only cause of our gloom; it may not even be primary among the causes of our gloom. But I wonder if it might be a bigger cause than we typically acknowledge? If this disconnect, at a deep spiritual level, deprives and distances us from the shalom wholeness God desires for us and for all peoples and all creation?”
Pastor Megan reflects on where we find hope and nourishment in gloomy times, and how disconnection from our watersheds and bioregions may contribute to that gloom. The first Sunday in our worship series “A Place We Love.”
Listen here (a few notes below).
Denise M. Nadeau, “Foreword,” Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith and Practice, ed. Ched Myers (2016).
Quote from Water Protectors at Standing Rock: http://www.npr.org/2016/12/11/505147166/in-their-own-words-the-water-protectors-of-standing-rock
Our Centering Proclamation, as adapted from Baba Dioum, Senegalese environmentalist:
We won’t protect places we don’t love.
We can’t love places we don’t know.
And we don’t know places we haven’t learned.