Join facilitator Nan Carmack for a quarterly book group, exploring the diversity of God’s children. Reading literature from voices unlike our own allow us to peer into their world—our world—and develop cultural competence from which we may build empathy and an inclusive community.
Our first selection will be Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. A member of the Potawhomi Nation and a botanist, Kimmerer shares the native reverence for the earth and our relationship with it—necessary for survival.
You may recall the words that Herbert read at Shrinemont:
Maybe it was the smell of ripe tomatoes, or the oriole singing, or that certain slant of light on a yellow afternoon and the beans hanging thick around me. It just came to me in a wash of happiness that made me laugh out loud, startling the chickadees who were picking at the sunflowers, raining black and white hulls on the ground. I knew it with the certainty as warm and clear as the September sunshine. The land loves us back. She loves us with beans and tomatoes, with roasting ears and blackberries and birdsong. By a shower of gifts and a heavy rain of lessons. She provides for us and teachers us to provide for ourselves. That is what good mothers do.
Herbert was quoting from Braiding Sweetgrass (p.123). This small glimpse demonstrates the joy and the craft with which Kimmerer writes.
Additional reviews of the work may be found here and here. This book may be easily found in your local libraries, both in print and as an ebook/audiobook and at your favorite local bookstore. Read the book and join us for a discussion before the Roots Music Mass at 4:30 on Sunday, November 21st. For questions, please contact Nan Carmack.