Restoring Relationship with Mother Earth
Join us on Ho Chunk land at Green Lake as we immerse ourselves in a four-day experience to explore how local churches will faithfully respond to calls for justice from Wisconsin’s Native American communities, care for creation, and work together for racial equity. The four-day program, “Restoring Right Relationship with Mother Earth” will engage participants in open dialog about fundamental understandings about the nature of place, notions of ownership and stewardship, and our relationship to a shared history.
Program activities include various presentations on the Doctrine of Discovery, participation in the Blanket Exercise and in Talking Circles. Participants will learn how to make their own personal Talking Circle Stick, which they will be able to take home. The program highlight will be a virtual keynote talk by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, botanist and author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants. Robin will speak on “What the Earth Asks of Us?”
Ho Chunk and Ojibwe elders will talk about the rights of nature and the sacredness of water and the Women’s Water Walk Ceremony. Participants will also learn about the environmental challenges facing Wisconsin tribal communities, including the identification and protection of Native mounds and burial sites at Green Lake. We finish the four-day program with Sunday Service, a brief informal ceremony on the renaming of the Pilgrim Center, and a Ho Chunk drum send off.
You will be assigned to one of several lodges containing bedrooms for two or up to four people. If you wish to be housed with a traveling mate, please indicate this on the registration form. Every attempt will be made to honor your request. Children ages 12 and older are welcome to attend with adult supervision. Programming is inappropriate for children younger than 12 years. We ask that you take into consideration the health and safety of all who will be participating in the four-day event by following the COVID-19 recommendations of Pilgrim Center camp management.
We are committed to ensuring that everyone who feels the Spirit’s call to work for reconciliation and reparations be allowed to attend regardless of cost. Please check with your local congregation to see if scholarship monies are available to help defray costs. United Church Camps, Inc. will also offer scholarships to anyone who applies (see the confirmation email).
We look forward to seeing you October 7 – 10th at Pilgrim Center!
Pilgrim Center
10/07/2021 2:30 PM - 10/10/2021 12:00 PM
Ages 12 and up
This session has openings
Registration will end on 9/23/2021 at 12:00 PM.
Book Sale
"Braiding Sweetgrass" Book Sale
This option allows you to purchase a copy of our Guest speaker's, Robin Wall Kimmerer, book "Braiding Sweet Grass". This book will be read through out the weekend and will be a part of large group book read along. If you chose this option you will receive your copy at registration. This is book is an optional buy.
+ $25.00