Warmer is the new normal. Early fire seasons, hard storms, loss of habitat, limitless extinctions. Environmental news overwhelms and freezes us. We must give ourselves the space to open our hearts in community and grieve these many environmental losses. During our time together we will write, read authors (adrienne maree brown, Mary Oliver, Wendell Barry, Joy Harjo to name a few) and express our fears and hopes by creating a community altar and a natural mandala. Our writing, musings, prayers and actions are ways to offer gratitude for this big blue marble we share and call home.
Jennifer Springsteen is a seminary student at Starr King School for the Ministry. She is the co-founder of PDX Writers and her writing has won awards including Regional Arts and Culture Council grants, an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, and Pushcart Prize nominations. She is represented by Joanna MacKenzie of Nelson Literary Agency. She writes, teaches and studies in Portland, OR.
• A meaningful natural item from home to create a group altar (crystal, pinecones, shells, etc.)
• Sharpie pens
• Environmentally stable items for the mandala: nuts, seeds, flower petals
• Copies of writings