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The Earthkeepers Podcast promotes global connection among ecological-minded people who believe that earth care is an integral part of spiritual life. Through conversations about topics like ecology, climate change, gardening, farming, social enterprise, theology, environmental justice, outdoor recreation, conservation and community development, we aim to inspire a movement of ordinary earthkeepers who will help heal the world.

Earthkeepers: A Circlewood Podcast on Creation Care and Spirituality Forrest Inslee

    • Religion & Spirituality
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The Earthkeepers Podcast promotes global connection among ecological-minded people who believe that earth care is an integral part of spiritual life. Through conversations about topics like ecology, climate change, gardening, farming, social enterprise, theology, environmental justice, outdoor recreation, conservation and community development, we aim to inspire a movement of ordinary earthkeepers who will help heal the world.

    Rebel with a Cause: Praying Outside the Lines with Christine Aroney Sine

    Rebel with a Cause: Praying Outside the Lines with Christine Aroney Sine

    As we move towards solstice, and look ahead to holy days and seasonal celebrations, do you find yourself feeling disconnected sometimes from the usual songs and ceremonies? What about your personal spiritual practices? The truth is, there are times when our meditations, prayers, and even journaling feel a bit worn out, and at times we find ourselves just going through the motions. 
    In this episode Forrest talks with Dr. Christine Aroney Sine, about how we can move beyond some of the habits and practices that are prescribed for us by religion and culture. In our conversation, she offers guidance for creating new forms and practices that can bring vitality to our spiritual lives, and she offers inspiration for designing new ways to gather communities around meaningful themes, symbols, and rituals.

    Guest: Dr. Christine Aroney Sine
    Co-founder, Circlewood; Founder, Godspacelight; Author, The
    Gift of Wonder: Creative Practices for Delighting in God, Digging
    Deeper: The Art of Contemplative Gardening
     Mentions:
    Church calendar
    Christine’s Pinterest page on spirituality, gardening, and creation care
    Advent season: overview, Celtic tradition
    Earthkeepers Episode 44: Mary Dejong
    Scripture reference: John 1:4-5
    Solstice: scientific and cultural background
    Resources for a Blue Christmas service
    Godspacelight Community Cookbook
    Mental benefits of gardening and harvesting, soil bacteria and antidepressants, gardening and stress hormones
    Mental health and cooking, cooking and emotional health
    Godspacelight blog
    Alternatives to traditional grass lawns  
    Keywords: spirituality, liturgy, liturgical calendar, liturgical rebel, ritual, sacred, God, Christian, contemplation, garden,wonder, creative, joy, imagination, Holy Spirit, seasons, Advent, Celtic, solstice, Blue Christmas, community, food, hospitality, creation care, hope, nones and dones 
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    Enneagram for Earthkeepers: Discovering Our Passions and Mobilizing Our Communities, with Matt Schlegel

    Enneagram for Earthkeepers: Discovering Our Passions and Mobilizing Our Communities, with Matt Schlegel

    Listeners to this podcast care a lot about caring for creation, and about working against the unfolding climate crisis. However, as worthy as those aspirations might be, many of us don’t have a clear sense of how our distinctive abilities and passions translate to climate action. And when we don’t have a sense of our unique role to play in solving climate issues, it makes it that much harder for us to be part of collective, community efforts to that end.
    In this episode Forrest is in conversation with teamwork consultant Matt Schlegel. Matt is the author of the book Teamwork 9.0 and host of the show Leadership Path of Growth on YouTube. In his unique approach to earth care, he employs the Enneagram—a  system of nine personality types combining traditional wisdom with modern psychology. For many, the Enneagram is a powerful tool for understanding themselves and the people in their lives. For Matt Schlegel, it is a framework for accelerating progress on climate initiatives, and guiding communities through the steps of problem-solving towards resolution. 
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    Earthy Spirituality: Learning from Farmers (and Children and Dogs), with Norman Wirzba

    Earthy Spirituality: Learning from Farmers (and Children and Dogs), with Norman Wirzba

    In this episode Forrest and James talk to Norman Wirzba, professor and author of a book called Agrarian Spirit: Cultivating Faith, Community, and the Land. In this book, Dr. Wirzba makes the case for a kind of spirituality that is grounded in deep awareness of creation. Among other things, this sort of humble, earthy spirituality that he encourages us to practice stands against the illusion of certainty and control that has made much of the church seem increasingly irrelevant these days—especially to younger generations.
    Got a question for our upcoming Q&A episode? Go to https://www.circlewood.online/earthkeepers to leave a voicemail, or send an email to earthkeepers@circlewood.online
     Guest: Dr. Norman Wirzba – Duke Divinity School
    o   Author of Agrarian Spirit: Cultivating Faith, Community, and the Land
    o   Editor of The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry 
    Mentions:
    Circlewood Village in development
    The term “agrarian”
    The interconnectedness of life on Earth
    Earthkeepers’ interview – WhatYour Food Ate, with authors Montgomery and Biklé
    Humans as soil, animated by the breath of God in Genesis 2:7
    Earthkeepers’ interview – Farming Heals Us: Yeawa Asabi and Ray Williams of Black
    Farmers Collective and Yes Farm
    Injustice for migrant farmworkers
    “Dark night of the soul”
    God inviting mankind to work in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:4-17
    God delighting in creation in Genesis 1:31 – 2:3
    The fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:19-26 
     Keywords: agrarian, interconnection, microbiome, soil, body, political, economic, social, food, agriculture, coercive labor, environmental justice, social justice, spirituality, descent, humility, prayer, generosity, embodiment, mystery, hope 
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    Nature, Culture, and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership with Nina Simons

    Nature, Culture, and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership with Nina Simons

    In this episode, Forrest cohosts with Victoria Loorz, author of the book Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us into the Sacred. Together they’ll be in conversation with Nina Simons, cofounder of Bioneers—an organization that amplifies the voices of innovators who are coming up with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. We’ll be talking in great part about her book titled Nature, Culture, and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership. Among other things, this book makes a case for more cooperation, collaboration, and even community between all those who are working for the good of this planet that we share.
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    Diversity in Common Cause: Jessica Zimmerle of Earth Ministry/WAIPL

    Diversity in Common Cause: Jessica Zimmerle of Earth Ministry/WAIPL

    In this episode Forrest talks with Jessica Zimmerle, Advocacy Director at Earth Ministry. Earth Ministry, part of the Interfaith Power & Light network in the US, aims to inspire and mobilize people of faith from diverse traditions, to advocate for strong environmental policies, and offer guidance to faith communities working toward environmental justice. Importantly, they work to create conversation and collaboration that doesn’t ignore cultural and ideological differences; instead, they place a high value on diversity that brings new perspective and broadens understanding.

    Link to Forrest & Kayra’s video review of the Carbon Collective site.
    Discount code for $50 of the Waymarkers course: WILDAUTUMNEARTHKEEPERS. Expires 10/01/22 
    Guest: Jessica Zimmerle - Program & Outreach director for Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light
    Interfaith Power & Light
    Greening Congregations toolkit 
    Mentions:
    fracked gas facility threatening Puyallup land in Tacoma, Washington salmon &
    orca are spiritual keystone species for Northwest tribes
    Madagascar- biodiversity; worst economy in the world
    Lummi Nation - healing totem pole journeys
    proposed coal terminal on sacred Lummi Nation land - Cherry Point
    Doctrine of Discovery; Wikipedia entry; UN preliminary report - 2010
    Earthkeepers’ interview with Anne Bikle and David Montgomery
    Earthkeepers' interviews with Mary DeJong--24 and 44
    Earthkeepers' interview with Multifaith Network for Climate Justice
    Jewish Shmita year - year of rest and economic reset
    Evangelical Environmental Network
    Green Muslims 
    Hazon - Jewish Lab for Sustainability 
    Creation Justice Ministries 
    US Climate Action Network
    Climate
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    What Your Food Ate, with authors Dave Montgomery and Anne Biklé

    What Your Food Ate, with authors Dave Montgomery and Anne Biklé

    In this episode, Forrest talks with Dave Montgomery and Anne Biklé about their new book,  What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health. The authors aim to raise our awareness of the community of life in the soil beneath our feet—or more importantly, the soil on the farms that grow our food. They make a compelling case for changing the ways that food is grown so that the life of the soil is respected and cared for . . . and so that the food produced by healthier soil makes us healthier in turn.

    Guests:
    David Montgomery - author and geologist at the University of Washington 
    Anne Bikle - author and biologist & plant whisperer
    Book:
    WhatYour Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health
    Dirt book trilogy - Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations; The Hidden Half of Nature; Growing a Revolution

    Mentions:
    regenerative farming practices
    monoculture
    tillage
    mycorrhiza
    the three sisters - squash, beans & corn
    Farm Bill renewal in the US
    Earthkeepers’ interview with Good Food Clubs
    Wangari Maathai - Kenyan woman - tree planting project; Nobel Peace Prize
    price of fertilizer skyrocketed in the last year 
    Actions:  
    learn about your food - where was it grown, who grew it, how did they grow it? in farming communities - educate about regenerative farming practices and their benefits public policy - vote for elected officials who share your views on the benefits of regenerative practices  find others who care about how our food is produced, and dream up ways to make a difference together!Keywords: monoculture, industrial farming, Green Revolution, regenerative agriculture, regenerative farming, food cooperatives, soil fungus, organic, permaculture, soil ecology, no-till, young farmers, cover crop, crop rotation
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