Co-pastors become pelegrinos on the Camino de Santiago

jon and cathy on the trail

Jon and Cathy on a practice hike.

miki soos logoOn Sunday, September 13th, WELCOME BACK to Sundays at 4 and GOOD-BYE to our co-pastors, Cathy & Jon, as they begin their Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in France/Spain (see link below).

There will be one more Wednesday (pottery) on Sep. 16th.

See September program schedule after Cathy & Jon’s link —

Hi Folks,

If you want to follow along with our adventures, here is a link to our blog. We will post photos and  short reflections. We will also try to make sure our location is pinned on the map regularly.

 Cathy & Jon


RS September Program Schedule

Sep. 13            Fare-thee-well send-off of our co-pastors, Jon & Cathy Rieley-Goddard, as they undertake a Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in France/Spain. Roger on Encyclical & local climate change responses.

 Sept 15            Crop walk meal at Dick & Jenny’s – 15% will be donated to Crop Walk

Sep. 20            Nancy Smith from the WNY Land Conservancy review the RS space (walk the land) at 3:00 p.m., followed by discussion.  Also, Roger Cook update on local climate change events connected with Pope Francis’ visit to U.S. and summit in Paris.

 Sep. 27            Jessica Selleck will discuss her observations and experiences while living in Bursa, Turkey from 2012-2014.  She will share her experience of spending a summer living in a small village as well as her experience in the city of Bursa and what she learned about a wide array of topics including: Turkish food, politics and culture.  Jessica holds an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and was employed as an English Lecturer at Bursa Technical University during her time in Turkey.  She currently resides in Attica, NY.

  Oct. 4              CROP Walk on Grand Island, 1:00 p.m., Beaver Island or sign up on-line:


(More later!)

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Poetry by the river’s edge w/Chuck Culhane

miki soos logoWe’ll share our poetry tomorrow evening, Sept. 9th, now that Chuck Culhane can be with us, and Carol Alt will move her concluding pottery session to Sept. 16th.

6:00 potluck, 6:30 poetry (or thereabouts?) until about 8:00 p.m. at our Environmental Sanctuary/Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island 14072. See you tomorrow evening, we hope! (If you can’t come, please send a poem.)

Like this:

The Poet Compares Human Nature

To The Ocean From Which We Came


The sea can do craziness, it can do smooth,

it can lie down like silk breathing

or toss havoc shoreward; it can give

gifts or withhold all; it can rise, ebb, froth

like an incoming frenzy of fountains, or it

can sweet-talk entirely. As I can too,

and so, no doubt, can you, and you.

–Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings, p. 65.

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!

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