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The Good News from Spirituality and Social Justice Crew

Spirituality and Social Justice Crew is happy to incorporate our monthly Good News into the ECHO publication. We will continue to transmit Good News to Warren Wilson Campus from the greater Asheville/Swannanoa area and on a national or international level. We are appreciative to the ECHO and campus community for interest in this.

Good things have been happening with Monday FUN DAY! From last Monday’s meeting, a group for open sharing regarding personal experience and spirituality is now in development. Stay posted for updates on this group, which will meet on Sunday nights. To keep our other activities relevant to student interest, we are going to continue to have a party the first Monday of the month, and subsequent Mondays we will have open discussions in our office for dinner from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Interfaith Garden, First Harvest

by Dave Grace, Spirituality and Social Justice crew

This past Monday, students traveled to the Interfaith Garden to harvest lettuce, bok choy, kale, arugula, and an unidentified sprout which was not labeled! All of the produce is being taken to Manna food bank for centralized distribution. This is a project which is just getting started and is expected to continue to grow, literally. A tentative next harvest and trellising date is scheduled for October 10. Please inquire about such activities in the Spirituality and Social Justice Office or by email to spirituallife@warren-wilson.edu

Rewilding Gathering

by Dave Grace, Spirituality and Social Justice crew

As a follow up to the campus visit last year by Andy Lewis, students are travelling to Monticello, Illinois to go to a rewilding gathering centered on the merger point between the ideas of anarcho-primitivism and Christianity. This includes primitive skills sharing, wild/edible plant learning, and discussion regarding Christianity. Jim Perkinson and Lilly Mendoza will be presenting on Biblical critiques of agrarianism, nomadic pastoralism and gatherer-hunter lifeways, the generational/cultural divide between peace and justice activists and anarcho-primitivists and examples of indigenous adaptations of Christianity. Lilly will be speaking about her experience and struggles with Christianity, specifically as they relate to colonization. She will also talk about gatherer-hunter groups in the Philippines.

These discussions are seeking to draw out the deep yearning for liberation and wholeness that I find central to Judeo-Christian faith. What seems promising here is a desire to reclaim origins and act in accordance with them. With origins in Eden, this desire for wildness and communion has not been walled out by the cities. I remember Micah 1:8, “I will go about barefoot and naked. I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl,” (NIV). It exists as an invitation to the primordial life of wild creation.

Answering Terror with Roses: What the World Can Learn from Norway

by Sara Hiller, Spirituality and Social Justice crew

Reflecting on the tenth anniversary of September 11th, our world seems a mighty dismal place. In the decade following one of the most violent days in American history, our national policies have become even more hateful, oppressive, and closed. As centuries of history illustrate, it is simply too easy to get caught in these endless cycles of revenge.

However, it appears as though cyclic violence and hate are beginning to be broken as we advance into the 21st century. People are beginning to question the effectiveness of war and draconian security as an appropriate response to violence. The best example of this is Norway, which is proving that forgiveness and love can be effective on both an individual and a national scale. In the aftermath of the most devastating act of terrorism in the nation’s history (in which 77 people were killed and 151 injured in the name of “Christendom”), Norwegians have adopted the words of a child who said “If one person can create so much hatred, think of how much love we can all create together” as their national response to the violence. Following this mindset, three days after the attack the streets of Oslo were flooded with 200,000 people spreading flowers and a message of neighborly love. All eight political parties of Norway have agreed that the issues that divide them are relatively insignificant, and they have united to dismantle their common enemies of hatred, revenge, and intolerance. By responding to terror with love and forgiveness, Norway has broken the repetition of violence that has oppressed us for centuries. This small nation, inspired by a child, is leading society into a future rooted in the genuine love and respect for humanity.

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