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.

Sunday, 29June14 – parish nursing 101

miki soos logoSue Allen and amos acree will introduce the concept of parish nursing, also known as faith-community nursing. They will share their experience of integrating faith and health/wholeness. You will be made aware of simple ways to complete the plan God has for you.

Sue Allen RN began her interest in wellness ministries in 1996. In 2001, she had the opportunity to participate in the first Parish Nurse training program offered in Western New York. What a blessing that experience provided. By 2002, she, along with five other class participants, introduced the Parish Nurse Institute of Western New York. The organization’s title later changed to Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc.

In addition to introducing a wellness ministry at East Aurora First Baptist Church, Sue has served as parish nurse at East Aurora Christian Church. Currently she coordinates the Stretcher Bearer Health Ministry at Good Shepherd Community of Faith, where she I also a member. Sue is currently vice-president for the Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc., and has also filled multiple other positions.

Sue has greater than thirty years of experience in long-term care nursing. This includes two years with Hospice..

For Sue, a Wellness Ministry/Parish Nursing means caring for the whole person—sharing one another’s burdens; providing presence, support and encouragement; listening; helping one another feel God’s loving, healing power, especially in times of despair.

Sue is married and has three adult children

amos acree — ordained (and retired) Disciple/UCC pastor; former Hospice RN; Faith Community Nurse consultant for United Church Home Society; Treasurer, Parish Nurse Ministry of NY. Member Riverside Salem UCC/Disciple and East Aurora Christian Church.

Music in the Woods

nan with limbertoy

miki soos logoMusic in the Woods With Nan Hoffman, Joe Tumino, Kathy and Tom DeLoughry, and Mary Bieger 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the Riverside-Salem Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, New York 14072

Refreshments. Free-will donation.

Information: Nan (773-5315), June (773-1426)

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