*What the BLEEP Do We (K)now!*

miki soos logoJoin us Sunday, 05Feb17, to watch a DVD titled “What the BLEEP Do We (K)now!” The makers of the film describe their work  as “science and spirituality come together in this mind-bending trip down the rabbit hole.”

And this from the cover: Embark on a life-changing journey with Amanda (Marlee Matlin), a divorced photographer who tumbles down a metaphysical rabbit hole.  Her mind-bending voyage through the worlds of science and spirituality includes revelations by quantum physics experts, playful animation, and even a conversation with a wise, 35,000-year-old being.  Ultimately, Amanda’s perception of reality is turned inside out and the meaning of life becomes clear.  See for yourself why this groundbreaking movie became one of the most compelling and talked about films of the year 2004. A genuinely upbeat movie with big questions and hopeful answers.

We meet from 4 to 6 p.m. (+ potluck) at the Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.  ALL WELCOME!

This Sunday, 29Jan.17, we will read spiritual biographies re: White Privilege

miki soos logoThis Sunday (29January17) we again take up the topic of White Privilege. We will look at the idea through the spiritual biographies (through the lens of race) of some of the leaders of the UCC. We will reflect on their experience and talk about our own. There will be opportunities for reflection, creativity and sharing. Come prepared to join in the discussion.

Two weeks ago we started this series and reflected on what we mean by the phrase “White Privilege.” Here is one definition:

White privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societalprivileges that benefit people identified as white in Western countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-whitepeople under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.

jane elliottWe viewed a video of the work done by Jane Elliott around the idea of difference and racism.

Another video about the work of Jane Elliott, longer than the one we showed at the Cottage but even more compelling, is available here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qFl9isxTiQ

Finally, we did the Power Flower exercise. Here is a link to the exercise:

http://lgbtq2stoolkit.learningcommunity.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/flower-power-exercise.pdf

We hope you will join us! 4:00 – 6:00. As always, pot-luck to follow.

— Cathy Rieley-Goddard, co-pastor

Note: Park on the side of the West River Road that is closer to the river.

 

Activist Brian Nowak will speak on *for a more perfect union*

miki soos logoPlease join us on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. (+ potluck) to hear from Brian Nowak about the 501c4 he’s working on called “For A More Perfect Union” that is working to bring together people under the banner of immigration reform, economic justice, and protection of civil liberties (among other issues).

Brian is an grassroots organizer who worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Western New York during the 2016 election season.  He was elected as a delegate to represent Bernie Sanders at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  After the Convention, he worked to continue the Sanders organization in WNY under the name “Liberty Union Progressives.”

Brian is Vice Chair for the Buffalo Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.  He is also active in other local organizations including the Campaign for NY Health.

Riverside-Salem Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

All welcome!

Note: Park on the river side of the road only, particularly in winter.

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.

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