#784 – Dick Bernard: Some items relating to a better Earth.

Perhaps it is no more than a coincidence, but four events in particular draw my attention to varied initiatives relating to the Earth and its Peoples.
1. Tomorrow is the last day of an exhibition of the Minnesota College Art and design of some of the artifacts of renowned Arctic and Antarctic Explorer Will Steger. I learned of the event through a newspaper article here, and decided to go for the reception last night. It was very worthwhile, and it ends tomorrow (Sunday Oct 6) from noon to 5 p.m. I’ve made a small Facebook album of photos I took last evening, and included are a couple of websites. Will Steger was at the gathering and included are a couple of photos of him.
I’ve always had something of an interest in Steger’s work, and when he and his fellow explorers returned from the Transantarctic Expedition in March, 1990, I made it a point to go the welcome home at the Minnesota State Capitol March 25, 1990. Here are two photos from that homecoming:

Will Steger, March 25, 1990, at Minnesota State Capitol

Will Steger, March 25, 1990, at Minnesota State Capitol


MN Gov. Rudy Perpich welcomes the explorers home March 25, 1990

MN Gov. Rudy Perpich welcomes the explorers home March 25, 1990


2. Tuesday evening October 8, my Church, Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, is participating in a nationwide education project on the topic of Climate Change. The flier with the full details is here: Oct 8 13 Basilica001
The Catholic Church is an immense institution and is once again in the news in a negative way. But it has been, is, and will continue to be a powerful and effective voice in many areas of great interest to people with an interest in justice and peace. This event is one example of this.
Come if you can.
3. Howard Buffett, son of THE Buffett, Warren, speaks on “Finding Hope in a Hungry World” at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis on November 7. Here is a photo of the program description for this free program.
Buffett Nov 7 2013001
Howard has been the subject of a 60 Minutes segment in the past. He is very knowledgeable and committed to the topic of choice.
4. Kaia Svien will lead what promises to be an interesting on the topic of climate change, next Saturday, October 12. Here is the information as provided by Kaia (who is an excellent group facilitator. I speak from experience.)
“Relating with Wisdom and Heartfulness to Climate Uncertainty and Change
Much of the news from international, local and neighborhood sources these days intensifies our uncertainty about our future wellbeing and the safety of all that we care about. Many of us find ourselves engulfed episodically in fierce emotions like fear, rage, hopelessness and confusion or moving robotlike through denial. Just when the overwhelm of these conditions pushes us to look away from what is happening, all around and to us, the guidance of many wisdom paths beckons us to turn toward this challenge. We find waiting for us here the familiar tools of accepting what is, tapping into interdependence, and cultivating compassion for all beings and our dear planet. We are graced in these tumultuous times by the visions of many sages who apply their fullhearted wisdom to assisting us in awakening our own deep knowing of how to return again and again to our center of love and interbeing. This workshop includes guided meditations, talks, experiential explorations and small groups discussions.
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Date: Saturday, Oct 12, 1 pm – 5 pm

Location: Common Ground Meditation Center, 2700 E. 26th St, Minneapolis
Fee: Donation
Registration: 612-722-8260 or info@commongroundmeditation.org”

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