Event Category: Religous/Spiritual
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Online Service
“What Do You Call Home?”
Speaker: Reverend Louise Green
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/414604040
By Joseph Plummer
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reverend Louise Green, Sunday’s guest minister for the UUFSMA online service, has grown acutely aware of the healing power for humans of direct natural experience. She shares this insight as a fruit of her rambles through the natural world easily explored from her home in the District of Columbia, particularly the urban Rock Creek National Park, and the outdoors of Maryland and Virginia.
On such pathways she enhances awareness cultivated in her studies of indigenous culture, and, notably for her forthcoming sermon, the writings of naturalist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, a member of the Potawatomi Nation, professor of environmental and forest biology, and author of “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.”
Rev. Green notes that worldwide restrictions on daily life and travel are expanding awareness of “home habitats for Earth dwellers in many biospheres”, with their myriad of relationships among the elements and flora and fauna.
In the United States there has been a pandemic boom of activity in the outdoor world, as seen in fresh blooms of interest in growing food and learning about plants and indigenous culture. Around the world, humans are renewing appreciation of the natural world too often taken for granted. She is hopeful that these global changes will redefine and expand notions of home, root people more fully in their Earth habitat, and reduce the number of lives separated from nature, causing harm and damaging the planet.
At home Rev. Green is the Minister of Congregational Care at All Souls Unitarian Church. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she has a life-long love of Mexico and has visited San Miguel de Allende several times. In her career, she has ministered to five congregations and worked as a community organizer in New York City and the D.C. region and as a spiritual director for many individuals.
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Due to the coronavirus, UUFSMA has suspended in-person Sunday services and other gatherings. The UU Fellowship welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.