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Autumn Hope Conference 2013
Native Place: Disruption and Healing
Fri., September 20, 6 p.m. to Sun. the 22nd, noon
How do we understand ourselves in relation to the land that we inhabit? Are we natives, settlers, owners, immigrants, or something else? How can we live more peaceably and justly as members of the community of creation?
On our hikes, we will examine the disruptions that Merry Lea’s 1,189 acres have experienced in the past 250 years, and the varied communities that have shared this land over time. In our discussions, we will interact with ideas from Cherokee theologian, Randy Woodley, and consider how people with varying worldviews can communicate with each other and live in peace on this planet.
The cost is $125 for the weekend, including meals. Saturday only, or the equivalent, is $85. Students pay $30. Dorm lodging is available for an additional $20 per night. Camping is available for $5 per night.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Supper 6 to 7 p.m.
Introduction to Theme 7 to 8 p.m., with Luke Gascho
Into the Darkness: A Night Hike with Three Guides
Experiences of disruption are sometimes described as dark times. What can we learn from darkness? In this night hike, we will explore the nighttime world around us with three guides: scripture, Native American tradition and the eyes of a naturalist. with Miami Elder Dani Tippmann and Merry Lea staff
Saturday, September 21
A History of Disruption Saturday morning, 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Like most landscapes, the acreage that is now Merry Lea has seen many disruptions in the past 300 years. By turns, it has served as a wetland pantry for the Miami people, as mint and onion fields for European settlers and as a nature preserve. In this hike, we’ll visit several parts of the property where clues to the past history of the land are still evident and ponder the transitions that shaped and reshaped the landscape. with Lisa Zinn
Group Reflection with Luke Gascho 11 a.m. until noon
Lunch noon until 1 p.m.
Flourishing in Spite of Disruption: Learning from the Plant Community 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
In every ecosystem, there are plants (and animals) that thrive on disruption. Whenever land is plowed, trampled or in some way altered, certain species rush in to colonize the troubled area. Often we call these plants weeds. Sometimes they are invasive species. Nevertheless, they play an important role in healing scarred land. What gifts do these plants have? How do they function to restore an ecosystem? What parallel human gifts are needed to heal disruptions? with Jonathon Schramm
Panel Discussion 2:45 to 4 p.m.
with community representatives
Break or personal reflection period 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Supper 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Tracing your Personal History as Native and Immigrant 6:30 to 8 p.m.
with Luke Gascho
Dessert/break 8 to 8:15 p.m.
Coffee House 8:15 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday Morning, September 22
Coffee and Muffins 7 to 8:45 a.m.
Worship 9 to 10:15 a.m.
with Lisa Zinn and Aaron Sawatsky
Wrap-up session 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
with Luke Gascho
Closing brunch 11:30 a.m.
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, P.O. Box 263 Wolf Lake, IN 46796 | Phone (260) 799-5869 • Fax (260) 799-5875