On a beautiful winter Saturday, 40 of us gathered in the Arc for our annual SJA EcoSpirits day of retreat and renewal. What a gift! With guidance from co-chairs Elaine Gaston and Ann Mongoven, we reflected on our history together as a ministry, and we strengthened our resolve to care for ourselves, the community and our planet in this new year. We were also blessed with the presence of Karen Monahan, staff member of the Sierra Club and former Wellstone fellow. Karen led a discussion of our role as leaders in this crucial time, and reminded us of our spiritual call to see all of creation as connected and divine.
Add a wonderful lunch together (thank you, Dick and Jill Pistulka and Ron Leurquin), and you can truly say we were fortified and filled!
Thanks to all who attended and helped us ring in 2017 with hope and conviction in our hearts. For anyone who is interested in being part of SJA EcoSpirits, please contact Julie Madden at the parish center and watch the bulletin for upcoming events.