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Fieldtrip to Genesis Farm

With Sister Miriam MacGillis

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Transformation of a culture’s awareness, beliefs, and stories about the Universe, and the place and purpose of humans within it, is the foundation for any deep change in the world. This understanding is core to Genesis Farm's mission, to work with others to transform the ecological devastation being caused by the western industrial economy. 

Join us and Sister Miriam MacGillis, founder of Genesis Farm and guiding voice for Seven Pillars, for this old-fashioned fieldtrip to explore a more earth-based, and conscious, way of life.


11 am Meet at Genesis Farm

11:15 am Deep Time with Sister Miriam MacGillis

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Tour

2:30-4:30 pm Debrief and Discussion with Sister Miriam MacGillis and Seven Pillars' Guiding Voices Janet Piedilato, Sousan Abadian, Bisan Toron and Robin Becker.

Cost: $35 including lunch

This particular event has space for only 25 people and will fill quickly. If you are interested in participating, please contact Corin Girard at Seven Pillars as soon as possible, via, or calling 518-794-8777.

Genesis Farm Mission and Vision

At Genesis Farm we raise serious questions about the global crises and evoke the rich spiritual insights that are within the hearts of all people.  Focusing on connections between the health of Earth and of human communities within particular bioregions, we address the basic issues of our time in concert with all people of good will, learning together how to become part of creating that health, both inwardly and outwardly.

Biologists, physicists and other scientists continue to adjust their perceptions of Earth as a living organism in its own right. Their writings make it ever more clear that humans must alter their most basic perceptions about themselves and Earth...that the survival of the human species must be considered within the broader context of how nature is surviving... how the air, water, and soil nutrients are faring in their ancient but newly challenged cycles and patterns.

We realize there are no easy or quick answers. We try to learn more and experiment with changing ourselves and our own behavior. We recognize the difficulty of this, and encourage each other to be creative and hopeful rather than discouraged or paralyzed into non-action.

Genesis Farm is rooted in a belief that the Universe, Earth, and all reality are permeated by the presence and power of that ultimate Holy Mystery that has been so deeply and richly expressed in the world's spiritual traditions. We try to ground our ecological and agricultural work in this deep belief. This Sacred Mystery, known by so many religious names, is the common thread in our efforts.

Sister Miriam Therese MacGillis is the director of Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation in Caldwell, NJ. In 2005 she received the Thomas Berry Award. In 2007 Grist magazine named her one of the world’s top 15 green religious leaders. She lectures extensively and has conducted workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Proceeds from this event will be shared between Seven Pillars and Genesis Farm, to support the work of both nonprofits.


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