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What's a "Refugia?!"

This Tuesday and Wednesday - at 6 AM and 10 AM respectively - I am offering a book study opportunity. I'd love to have you join us! Our book is called Refugia Faith: : Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth by Debra Rienstra. 

Amazon says, "Refugia (reh-FU-jee-ah) is a biological term describing places of shelter where life endures in times of crisis, such as a volcanic eruption, fire, or stressed climate. Ideally, these refugia endure, expand, and connect so that new life emerges.

Debra Rienstra applies this concept to human culture and faith, asking, In this era of ecological devastation, how can Christians become people of refugia? How can we find and nurture these refugia, not only in the biomes of the earth, but in our human cultural systems and in our spiritual lives? How can we apply all our love and creativity to this task as never before?

Rienstra recounts her own process of reeducation--beginning not as a scientist or an outdoors enthusiast but by examining the wisdom of theologians and philosophers, farmers and nature writers, scientists and activists, and especially people on the margins.

By weaving nature writing, personal narrative, and theological reflection, Rienstra grapples honestly with her own fears and longings and points toward a way forward--a way to transform Christian spirituality and practice, become a healer on a damaged earth, and inspire others to do the same."

(Sadly, I don't think you'll find this book in the library yet. However it is available as an ebook, audio book, or in print at Amazon or your favorite bookseller.)

Our meetings are by ZOOM. You can join the 6-7 AM Tuesday meetings at (same link every Tuesday) or you can join us Wednesdays, 10-11:30 AM at (same link every Wednesday.) I anticipate that we'll take Thanksgiving week off, and be done the second week of December.

Please feel free to invite friends or neighbors. It will be a gift to have you with us!

Pr. Dave Brauer-Rieke

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