Church of Christ Congregational (UCC), Norfolk, CT

The Honorable Harvest

This a one slide from a memorable recent presentation by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, entitled “What Does the Earth Ask of Us?”

Here are Dr. Kimmerer’s words on one tenet of The Honorable Harvest – Be Grateful.

“In an economy that always urges us to want more, the practice of gratitude is truly a radical act. Thankfulness for all that is given makes you feel rich, rich beyond measure, where wealth is counted as having enough to share. Now gratitude may seem like weak tea, given the desperate challenges that lie before us, but it’s powerful medicine, much more than a simple “thank you.” It’s an antidote to the arrogance of our time. It reminds us that we are one member of a democracy of species. It reminds us that the Earth does not belong to us.”

Here’s a link to the full Presentation.


About Dr. Kimmerer: Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Trippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

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