Sunday, 15Jan.17 — we begin a focus on White Privilege

miki soos logoThis Sunday, 15January17, at 4 p.m.,  we are beginning (or continuing) a conversation about White Privilege.

This is an introductory session. There will be many more sessions to come throughout the year. Come prepared to talk about what you think White Privilege is, whether you think we should call it something else, times you have benefited from who you are when others did not, why you think this might be an important conversation, what parts of the conversation you are particularly interested in, and similar things.

We will have some exercises to do and talk about. We may show a couple of YouTube clips. It promises to be an interesting discussion, and it will help frame many of the discussions to come.

We gather at 4 p.m. and eat potluck at 6 p.m.

Riverside-Salem Environmental Cottage

3449 West River Road

(between Whitehaven & Bedell roads)

Grand Island, New York 14072

Note: Please park on the side of the road that is closer to the river. The Grand Island police have asked us to not park on both sides of the road, particularly when it snows.

A planning and playing holiday party this Sunday, Dec. 18

our tipi at standing rock

The tipi that has graced the grounds of our Environmental Cottage is now doing the same at Standing Rock.

miki sos smallThis coming Sunday, 18December2016, from 4 to 6 p.m., will be a holiday party at the Environmental Cottage, and also a planning session for the year to come.

The original topic for this gather was to be an examination of Wednesdays at the Water’s Edge in view of declining participation in the past few years.

Another agenda item is a proposal for a series on white privilege.  If you can, follow this link and sample the rich offering of materials that the United Church of Christ denomination is offering on this subject.

Other items for discussion include a proposal for a educational camp on our site, possible Riverkeeper collaborations, West River Parkway closing and implications for R-S, WNY Land Conservancy/Town land behind R-S (wetlands protection), possible resolutions for UCC Synod, June 30-July 4 in Baltimore, 2017 — see http://www.ucc.org/news_call_to_general_synod_31_12052016); and interfaith climate justice planning.

Bring food and drink!

Riverside-Salem Environmental Cottage

3449 West River Road

(between Whitehaven & Bedell roads)

Grand Island, New York 14072

Note: Please park on the side of the road that is closer to the river. The Grand Island police have asked us to not park on both sides of the road, particularly when it snows.

Music in the Woods with Nan Hoffman this Sunday, 11Dec2016

miki sos smallAll Welcome!

 

Christmas in the Woods

A Carol Sing & Potluck

With Nan Hoffman, Joe Tumino,

and all of us!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (+ potluck)

Riverside-Salem Cottage

3449 West River Road

(between Whitehaven & Bedell Roads)

Grand Island, New York 14072

 

Note: Please park on the side of the road that is closer to the river. The Grand Island police have asked us to not park on both sides of the road.

 

Sunday, 20Nov.2016 — Alice Gerard’s 365-day photo challenge

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Dennis Banks and Alice Gerard at the Environmental Cottage of Riverside-Salem UCC/DC, Grand Island, New York, 17May15. (Photo © 2015 Jon Rieley-Goddard)

miki soos logoSunday, November 27, 2016:  Alice Gerard’s 366-day photo project (4-6 p.m. + potluck) at Riverside-Salem, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.  Join us!

 At the end of July 2015, Alice Gerard read a blog that described a project called the “365-day photography project.” The goal is to take at least one picture a day for 365 days.

At the end of the blog was an invitation by the author to do the same project. So, because Alice tends to be a bit impulsive, she decided on the spot that she wanted to do her own 365-day photography project.

A few weeks later, she discovered that, because 2016 is a leap year, the project was actually a 366-day photography project. Alice started and finished the project at Buckhorn Island State Park, a wildlife sanctuary that is Alice’s favorite place in Grand Island.

Alice is looking forward to sharing her year in pictures with you. She is still taking pictures regularly, although not daily.

On Sunday, 20Nov16: Brian Brown Cashdollar on refugees under Trump

miki soos logoPlease join us on Sunday, November 20th, 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck) for a presentation by Brian Brown Cashdollar on “Refugees:  Facts, Myths, and Risks under Trump.”

Brian is particularly knowledgeable on the issue.briancashdollarOn

He worked with refugees from Nicaragua and Costa Rica in the 1980’s, with WNYCOSH for 6 years on sweatshop and fair trade issues, and with various organizations (including Journey’s End, VIVE, and the International Institute) as a director and fundraiser working with refugees, asylees, and immigrants. He is now back with WNYCOSH developing and growing the Worker Center and ensuring that outreach includes refugee and immigrant communities.

 

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