By Robin Wall Kimmerer
October 6 at Noon
On October 6, First Congregational’s Theology Discussion Group (“Theo Group” for short) will begin reading its next book: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings–asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass–offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.
If you enjoy reading and discussing good books on themes of religion, spirituality, justice, and growth in faith, we invite you to join us as we begin reading this new book together. Theo Group meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month from Noon to 1:30 PM, with some participants gathering in-person at Chefo’s Pancake House in Kimberly and others taking part via Zoom.