Eco-Stewards Community Update

Many of you in our Eco-Stewards community are involved in wonderful work and studies related to our themes of  faith, environmental stewardship and community-building. We’d love to hear from you and share any of these projects, presentations, celebrations etc. To get this sharing started, we have news from two members of our Eco-Stewards family.

Vickie Machado (Montana ’11 and Boston/Vermont ’12) recently returned to Boston to present her thesis research at the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s Annual Conference at Tufts University. The theme of this year’s conference was Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace.

Vickie, a graduate student at the University of Florida,  used her excellent public speaking skills and dynamic Prezi presentation to  discuss “The Sustainability of the Catholic Worker Movement through Bioregionalism: Sustaining Peace.” She provided a great comparison of the strengths and challenges of the L.A. Catholic Worker (large, urban) versus the Gainesville Catholic Worker (smaller, less urban), where she lives. Be sure to view her presentation using the link above! Becky and Rob were excited to attend Vickie’s presentation and catch up over lunch.

David Mark (Montana Host ’11) recently launched the Bighorn Valley Health Center in Hardin, Montana. He writes, “I am thrilled to share with you that the Bighorn Valley Health Center had our official opening day today, and it was a great success! Beginning bright and early at 7am, our newly-hired staff members made sure that all aspects of the BVHC system worked smoothly, and our first patients were welcomed to their new medical home with grace and certain touch of flair. The many long hours and months of planning and building are at last beginning to take shape in actual clinical care, and we couldn’t be happier…we hope to serve with passion and dedication, seeking to foster a culture of health and healing here in Big Horn County.”

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