We were delighted to hear Sara’s gospel of her life at the Zoom Eucharist recently. Sara introduced us to the wisdom of Robin Wall Kimmerer (author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants).
Kimmerer is a plant ecologist, writer, and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, and a member of the Potawatomi First Nation).
Sara focused on themes such as the idea of Original Blessing within Christianity; the Gift Economy; the understanding of all things as beings, and the importance of the relatedness of all things in a world imbued by Spirit; of listening to all that surrounds us.
Instead of our Western approach of seeing Creation as a resource, we need to feel the relatedness of the whole of life and articulate our gratitude to all beings. There is so much we can learn from Indigenous people.