On this Easter Sunday, now that spring is officially here, the speaker will focus upon the natural beauty of our region that has been improved by the efforts of the Western New York Land Conservancy.
Mr. Semmel is the Communications Manager for the WNY Land Conservancy. He will tell us about current projects in which the Conservancy is active such as the Niagara Gorge, Stella Niagara, and selected projects in our region. He grew up in Livingston County on thirty acres of land. There, he learned to appreciate the beauty of nature by wandering through the woods alone or with his siblings.
He served as the Executive Director of Writers and Books in Rochester, NY. He is a writer and literary translator whose fiction, non-fiction, translations, and literary criticism have appeared in the Washington Post and other outlets. He has translated 12 books from Danish and Norwegian and is a 2016 Translation Fellow.
Speaker: Kyle Semmel: Western New York Land Conservancy via ZOOM
April 11: “Renewal”
Whether we are more spiritual or natural in our beliefs, spring can be a time of awakening and renewal. We'll examine ancient legends and rituals celebrating rebirth and rejuvenation, and see how these have been shaped by natural processes of emerging from winter.
12:30 – 1:30 Religion Class: STONE AGE GODDESSES
The earliest traces of humanity's spiritual development are not a search for a male god in the sky, but a female goddess of survival and abundance on earth. In this session we'll be examining how European Goddess worship continues in modern Wicca.
Speaker: John Snodgrass
April 18: "Showers"
April showers bring May flowers. What will the showers of this spring bring? What do we hope will grow and blossom in our faith garden? What weeds and obstacles get in the way of growing a healthy community? Let this service shower you with answers to these questions and prompts for other questions about faith community growth.
Speaker: Susan Frawley via ZOOM
April 25: “Alternate Approaches to Death and Mourning”
Flo Kane is the maker behind FloMade and FloMadeMourning. She's been creating art about grief and death for 7 years. Flo states, "I want my work to be an invitation to you to look at your own fears and beliefs about death and loss. I want to create pieces that spark meaningful conversations about your hopes, fears and curiosities about death and dying. I am an advocate of planning your 'good' death, of home funerals, and of natural burial and recomposition. I feel these desires very keenly. I feel deep love and deep sadness around the death of my father. I carry that experience around inside of me and it is the seed of my interest in how we die and how we support the dying. In how we grieve and support and recognize grieving."
Flo lives in a wee red house in a big green field. She reads avidly, walks daily and marvels at the natural world and all of her gifts. She loves learning by doing, sewing, embroidering, writing and reveling in domesticity. She shares her life with one temperamental cat and my spouse, who is in love with our land and the many gardens she cultivates on it. She is so fiercely beloved by me that I am always contemplating the good death I hope she will experience, and where I can bury her body on our property (if she pre deceases me, of course). Thankfully, this does not terrify her. We share the land with two hives of bees, deer, foxes, countless birds and a feral cat colony. https://flomademourning.com/
Speaker: Flo Kane via ZOOM
December 2017 The church's driveway lined with items for the homeless to take. We couldn't find an agency to help so we decided to do this. Someone is taking them and we're hoping it will make them more comfortable in our cold snowy climate.
Social Action Committee picketing in front of McDonald's for higher wages - in the rain! Thanks group!