April 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
Creation Care as Self-Care
Join For the LOVE of CREATION or a contemplative gathering with music, prayer and meditation hosted by Anna-Bigland Pritchard and Sabrina Di Matteo. Nourish mind, body and soul for Earth Week and learn about a new contemplation resource from For the Love of Creation.
Anna Bigland-Pritchard is a vocal artist, pedagogue, arts administrator, and expressive arts therapy student living in the traditional territories of the Wh-Say-Nech (W̱SÁNEĆ) and Le-kwung-en-speaking peoples, under the Douglas Treaties (Victoria, BC). She describes herself as a liturgical neo-anabaptist, and most often finds God in the whispers of trees and the breath between notes. As a music director, Anna is passionate about empowering collaborative creation for both healing and positive social change. Anna believes in the sacredness of nurturing a deep love of self, of neighbour, and prioritizing connection with the rest of creation; This includes a commitment to non-violent peacebuilding, decolonization, anti-racism, intersectional feminism, and art-making for all.
Sabrina Di Matteo has been involved in the Catholic Church since her youth, and currently works with religious congregations at the Canadian Religious Conference in support of their mission and social and climate justice networks. She lives in the Tiohtiá:ke / Montreal area, home to many diverse Indigenous nations, settlers and newcomers. After her studies in theology, she worked in pastoral animation with young adults, with an approach centered on artistic expression including song and theater, and the importance of rituals. Sabrina is involved in interreligious dialogue groups and writes regularly for www.presence-info.ca
April 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
Voices for peace: Radical hope, radical resistance
Online, EASTERN Time Zone
In advance of Earth Day, organic farmer, biblical scholar, teacher, and author Sylvia Keesmaat will discuss Recovering our Roots in the Community of Creation. Karri Munn-Venn of Citizens for Public Justice will respond, linking participants to events and actions from the For the Love of Creation faith-in-action campaign.
Earth Day Celebration
April 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
Join For the LOVE of CREATION on Earth Day to celebrate the 1st anniversary of For the Love of Creation and discern our gifts for climate action in community.
In preparation, please take a moment to reflect on your place in Creation. Step outside and take a photograph of your hands or feet on the Earth (toes in the mud, feet in a river, hands on a tree, arms around an animal) in a place where you feel connected with Creation.
Post your photo to social media with this caption: “The path to climate justice begins with the places we love. #ForTheLoveOfCreation #EarthDay2021”
(please be sure to include the hashtags and email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org).