Book Reflection: Braiding Sweetgrass
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer was trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses together to show that the awakening of wider ecological consciousness requires that we acknowledge and celebrate our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. Only when we hear the languages of other beings can we understand the generosity of earth and learn to give our own gifts in return.
Her exquisite book is divided into five sections following the natural development of Sweetgrass from planting to tending to picking to braiding to burning.
Our reflection on her book will follow the same rhythm. We will meet on five Thursdays from April to October to revel in the wonder of being one with this sacred plant and our sacred earth. As we tend to the growth of our own plot of sweetgrass, we will find reason to give thanks!
Five Mondays: April 17 (read section one “Planting Sweetgrass” before coming), June 19, August 14, September 18, October 23 (We’ll send reminders!)
Free will offering Facilitator:
Sr. Diane Marie Pfahler, SND
To register, click here or call Sr. Rosemary at 419-877-0432