Firelight

Honoring Juneteenth Day

Happy Juneteenth! Juneteenth is a day to celebrate how far we have come in the struggle for equality and freedom in the United States. Each June nineteenth commemorates the arrival of freedom to the remaining enslaved African Americans in 1865, and serves as a reminder of the hope, tenacity, and spirit of the African-American community…

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Miikawaadenim – To Be Beautiful

Welcome to this edition of Firelight: Wisdom to Support & Inspire! This edition of Firelight is written by Winona Laduke who shares reflections on co-creating a more kind and beautiful Northland, Minnesota, nation, and world. This Month’s Curator: Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous Economics, Food and…

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Start at the Roots and Grow Upward Together

Welcome to this edition of Firelight: Wisdom to Support & Inspire! This edition of Firelight is curated by Bethany Divakaran who shares reflections on patient growth and rootedness. This Month’s Curator: Bethany Divakaran is a dabbling writer, a cycling enthusiast, an aspiring gardener, a self-made home canner, a puppy foster-mother, and a keen lover of…

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Sacred Circle Liturgy – a Climate Crisis Resource

This Climate Crisis Liturgy is a worship resource recently created by David Weiss, a theologian, writer, poet and hymnist committed to doing “public theology” around issues of ecology, sexuality, justice, diversity, and peace. David offered it as a Sacred Circle for Our Climate at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,  following the Global Youth Climate Strike…

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Writing for a Storm: Six Moments of Grief and Resistance

As we begin this September edition of Firelight, we mourn the loss of life due to Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines. This month’s curator Sara Wilhelm Garbers offers us six moments of poignant reflection on our changing climate and inspiration for our collective response. This Month’s Curator: Sara Wilhelm Garbers…

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Facing Grief with Deep Love

Dear Friend, I write to you with a special edition of Firelight, in response to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decision to grant the Line 3 pipeline a Certificate of Need. Weep Weep for the youth whose future looks dark; Weep for the endless trail of tears and broken promises; Weep for the rice and the…

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Understanding Self for Climate Action

Dear Friends, This month we share with you reflections from MNIPL Board Member, Narayan Dhakal on the Understanding of Self through the lens of his Hindu faith. It reminds me of this Parker Palmer quote: “As I learn more about the seed of true self that was planted when I was born, I also learn…

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On Taking Back our Power

Welcome to this edition of Firelight, curated by Sara Wilhelm Garbers. Read on for her meditation on taking back our power, listening to ourselves and our bodies, and sensing the promise of new ways of being. This Month’s Curator Sara Wilhelm Garbers is the Minister of Congregational Life at Colonial Church, teaches formation at United…

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What does love have to do with climate change?

Thanks to clever marketing and winter doldrums, February is often associated with Valentine’s Day, an annual celebration of love. What does love have to do with climate change? Everything! Without love and compassion, people will not listen to the message that climate change is real . Without love, people will ignore the fact that 97%…

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