A Spirituality of Being Human

miki sos small On Sunday, June 14th, Evelyn Brady and Roger Cook will facilitate a
discussion of a gift that Hugh Brady, D. Min., left for all of us:  his
book, "A Spirituality of Being Human."  "What is a spirituality of being
human?" Hugh asks. "It is loving and accepting human nature in its
brokenness and in its state of grace.  It is awareness of the deeply
transformative experience of being human."

Please join us for a discussion of Hugh's thought-provoking book.

Please join us this Sunday from 4-6 (+ potluck) for a thoughtful and likely
broad-ranging discussion.  At the cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand
Island, NY 14072.

Native American creation stories with Nancy Johnson

Miki Sos logo This Sunday — 31May15 — we will consider creation stories.

Our speaker, Nancy Johnson, is an Onondaga Snipe. She graduated from Native American studies at UB with a Master’s degree and also a law degree. She is co-founder of Indigenous Women’s Initiatives (IWI) and is founder and coordinator of The Seed Institute, a project of IWI and Riverside-Salem. She also is a member of the organizing committee for World On Your Plate.


Nancy’s husband, Bill Johnson, is a member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians from California. The last time she visited, she obtained a CD of the Cahuilla creation story, very beautifully told by his aunt, Catherine Sauble, who worked tirelessly to preserve the Cahuilla language and culture. The CDis a recording of a California public radio show. Nancy will share that Cahuilla Creation story, and as well, perhaps,  the Onondaga creation story.


Join us in this special opportunity to understand and compare our cultural/historical ideas about Creation.


Sunday, May 31st, 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck) at Riverside-Salem’s Environmental Sanctuary, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

Oren Lyons the Faithkeeper with Bill Moyers – DVD this Sunday

miki soos logoThis Sunday, January 4, 2015, at Riverside-Salem we will feature Bill Moyers’ interview with Oren Lyons, also known as the Faithkeeper.  Oren, former head of Native American Studies at UB and a leader in the international environmental movement, shares some ancient legends, prophecies, and wisdom that guide the Onondaga nation.  He and Bill explore the view of the earth as sacred, the Great Law of Six Nations, which envisions humans and the earth as one; the importance of community to Native Americans, and the extent to which Native American philosophies have affected the dominant American culture.  Oren shares the spiritual basis of his environmentalism—a vision of the degradation of the earth that was revealed to the Onondaga nation in 1799 [from the DVD summary].

Please join us from 4-6 p.m. Sunday for program & potluck at our Environmental Sanctuary, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.  All welcome!

Strawbale workdays on the calendar

miki soos logoWorkdays — mostly for the strawbale project —  set for July 26; August 2, 16, 23; September 6, 13, 20, 27 – generally 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or so.

NB: August 16 and 23 are reserved for staining the cottage exterior walls.

NB: September 20th is reserved to gather folks who want to be involved in creating a handicapped-accessible walkway.

For information on work days: Cathy, 984-2442

Make a clay toad house

toad house

miki soos logoNow that the month of June has slipped into history, we begin our July-August Wednesdays at the Water’s Edge toad house programs (no Sunday events planned).  Join us tomorrow evening, July 2 —   Carol Alt, “Be a kid… come play in the clay; make a Toad House.”  6 p.m. potluck. 6:30 p.m. program.

While we are finalizing our Wednesdays programs, you may want to plan for these additional July ones:

July 9  IWI Talking Circle: Nancy Napierala will talk about “Pearl White and the Sidewalk Senecas.”

July 16 Kim Yaeger, Grand Island PhotoVoice project; Kim is from St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church on GI

July 23   Chuck Culhane facililtates a Poetry Circle; bring what you’ve written or what you like or both.

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