Earthcare Center at Friends General Conference Gathering

Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 12:00 to Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 12:00

Join Quaker Earthcare Witness at the Earthcare Center, an exciting and dynamic space we host every year during the Friends General Conference Gathering. This year the Gathering will be held at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA on June 30-July 6, 2019. Stay tuned for a schedule of our speakers and activities for the Earthcare Center, and in the meantime, visit FGC's website for more information on the entire week:




The Earthcare Center (open every afternoon) is located in HSSC N2110
Join us for conversations and learn about current environmental concerns.
Discussions, videos, and activities – intergenerational

DAILY 7:00 AM Early Morning Outdoor Worship (Mon-Fri) convened by QEW supporters.
Location: Bucksbaum Patio Circle (campus side of the building) 

Monday, July 1
1:30-3.00 Mary Jo Klingel (Clerk, Quaker Earthcare Witness) – Climate Change, Wisdom and Hope. We will explore ways that Quakers, who live in a bi-cultural world, are ideally suited to hold both wisdom and hope about climate change, and we will consider specific ways to do so.
3:15-4:15 Mey Hasbrook –- Transformative Earth Care: 18th-Century Benjamin Lay for Today. A time to query, create, and invite the unexpected, inspired by a radical Friend’s spirit-led, sometimes spectacle-creating, and even "unapproved" actions.
4:30-5:30 Carol Barta – Permaculture is Not Just Organic Gardening. Learn from a practioner/teacher.

Tuesday, July 2
1:30-3.00 Mark Quee – Teaching and Living Sustainably. Mark is the farm manager and a teacher at Scattergood Friends School in Iowa.
3:15-4:15 Tom Small – The Language and Intelligence of Plants. What Do Plants Know and Feel? How Do They Communicate with Each Other and with Ourselves? An introduction to the ancient wisdom we’re beginning to recover and to the new scientific evidence for plant intelligence.
4:30-5:30 Barbara Briggs – Children’s Nature Books. Barbara’s awakening to "the little things" of nature through macro photography and her desire to communicate her love of God's creation to kids led to the birth of her children's nature books. She is an Iowa farmgirl, retired RN, amateur photographer, author and citizen scientist.

Wednesday, July 3
☼ In keeping with the FGC day of rest, we will offer a relaxing time at the Center. Come read, reflect, relax, and watch some films on what people are doing to restore the ecological integrity of our world. Films being shown:
1:30 – 3:00 Reaching Across the Quaker Branches: a film by FWCC about Earthcare (film and discussion)
3:00 – 4:30 From Paris to Pittsburg: The Climate for Change is Now
4:30 – 5:30 This Strange Rock, Season 1 Episode 10 ‘Home’ Hear from astronauts about their spiritual transformation and new-found sense of Earth as our home, post-space travel. (Showing subject to streaming ability)

Thursday, July 4
1:30-3:00 John Stoestz – Undoing the Doctrine of Discovery, Decolonization, and Environmental Renewal. History and examples of projects of recovery. 
3:15-4:15 Shelley Tanenbaum and Hayley Hathaway – Quaker Earthcare Witness. QEW Friends describe what it means to be part of an earth-friendly spiritual transformation. Video and discussion to follow.
4:30-5:30 Beverly Ward, John Heimburg, Bohn Jeverly – Performing two one-act plays from the Climate Change Theatre Action, "Lighting the Way",  followed by discussion on the use of theater to promote climate action.

Friday, July 5
1:30-3:00 Emily Northrop – Climate Change Journey: Awakening to Hope to Empowerment. Insights and lingering questions from this Gathering workshop – all are welcome, whether or not you were part of the workshop.
3:15-5:30 Tour of the Kessler Prairie and the Grinnell Friends Meeting Butterfly Garden:  We will take a rented bus to tour 27 acres of blooming tall grass prairie, wetlands, oak savannas, and oak woodland. The land was restored by Jim and Kathy Kessler, local Quakers, and is located just south of Grinnell. The bus will leave close to 3:15 (meet in front of HSSC N2110) and return to campus around 5:30. Please be prompt.

Grinnell College