This fall we are reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, (2013). With deep compassion and graceful prose, botanist and professor of plant ecology Robin Wall Kimmerer (Gathering Moss) encourages readers to consider the ways that our lives and language weave through the natural world. A mesmerizing storyteller, she shares legends from her Potawatomi ancestors to illustrate the culture of gratitude in which we all should live. In such a culture, everyone knows that gifts will follow the circle of reciprocity and flow back to you again. She reminds readers that we are showered every day with gifts, but they are not meant for us to keep. Our work and our joy is to pass along the gift and to trust that what we put into the universe will always come back.
The process of sharing our responses to the text yields not only a learning experience, but also community, fellowship and new connections for our faith journeys. Participants should get their own copy of the book. Contact Linda Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.