Gathered together in a circle in our Chapel and united with our sisters and associates around the globe, we were “Together, Beyond Borders.” Our opening song, “All People That on Earth Do Dwell,” reminded us that we were praying for all of humanity. As we placed the flags of the countries where our sisters minister on the center table, we prayed for those countries. We had a special remembrance for France, still grieving their terrible tragedy. Our periods of contemplative silence helped us to internalize the spirit of unity that prevails in our international community. The closing Blessing expresses it well: “Together, beyond borders, may we become for others, in community and with our sisters and brothers inhumanity, a blessing of peace and joy!”
1. Creation Care Kids Mini-Curriculum. This series of resources uses stories, activities and Scripture to bring the Laudato Si’ message alive. There are two editions, one for ages 5 – 8 and another for ages 9 – 12. This resource can be ordered from The Pastoral Centre in Alameda, CA.
2. A People’s Curriculum for the Earth. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart is a Rethinking Schools Publication. The website is www.rethinkingschools.org This resource is good for older students and adults.
Nk'mip Band First Nations women from Oliver are gathering together one evening a week to learn how to bead. So far, earrings, medallions and last week poppies have been made by the group. Some eventually want to learn how to make moccasins. A tradition that was almost lost because of Residential School. I am teaching the beading as I was taught from the elders when working in the Yukon.