Dear Beloved Eco-Stewards Community,
You are all on our minds and hearts in the places you call home at this historic and troubling moment in our country. As we approach the eve of the pivotal 2020 election, we invite you to gather with us as a community praying for peace, reconciliation and a path forward that values both climate justice and racial justice on Turtle Island (North America as renamed by settlers). We hope you will consider joining us on Wednesdays Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at 8pm EDT for this Eco-Stewards Connect & Reflect Election Edition: Prayers for This Land.
In March, as the pandemic spread and again after the death of George Floyd, The Eco-Stewards Program hosted a series of Connect & Reflect zoom gatherings in an effort to collectively unite and pray for frontline communities. During this time, we held a space for the most vulnerable and for those marching for equality and an end to systemic racism. Together we reflected, lamented, and prayed for health, safety, peace, and justice. It was life-giving to see so many faces from our extended Eco-Stewards community! Then in August, we hosted a larger Eco-Stewards Connect & Reflect event, spotlighting the environmental justice work of our new friends at Insight Garden Program and their garden ministry programs at prisons in California. If you missed this powerful conversation about the intersection of faith, justice, & the healing powers of nature, you can watch the recorded video here:
Again, as the election approaches, we hope you can join us Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 in a collective witness for peaceful elections that bring about justice and unity for our sacred earth. Here is the Zoom info for these prayer gatherings:
The Eco-Stewardship Leadership Team
Rev. Rob Mark, Vickie Machado, Kristen Young, Kathleen Murphy and Becky Evans