Thursday, April 27, 2017

National Volunteer Week 2017: Pauline Asbury; Heritage Weaver at Casady School

Pauline Asbury provided heritage basket weaving classes at Harper 3rd hour (Music time) to Activities. 16 students and faculty participated during their spare time from academics, arts, and socializing.  They made pencil holders following two different weaving techniques.

Ready for session one at Music Time

3rd hour


4th hour


The Compassion Games Missions continued

Reflect On Yesterday's Mission

Before moving on to Mission #6, reflect on yesterday's mission, Love WisdomWas it difficult to view yourself as an already whole, valuable human being, despite what you might or might not own? Do you think this shift in thinking makes a difference for the planet? How might you continue to connect more with those around you to get what you need, and also help others? Share your wonderful reflections and stories on the Compassion Report Map!
Agents, our sixth mission is to RSVP for a local event or activity that supports the protection and regeneration of our Mother Earth!

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” 
― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

In Dr. Seuss's story The Lorax, a single seed in the hands of someone who truly cared was all it took to regrow an entire forest. This, amazingly, is not far from the truth!

Human beings are a lot like seeds.Even if we’ve been hurt or neglected - like a seed that has not been planted in a long time, or a plant that has begun to wither - given the right conditions, we can still recover and grow and find new life. As we act with compassion on behalf of the Earth and all her creatures, we can begin to feel new life stir within us, and then SPRING into being as we join our place as good caretakers in the web of life. It begins with each of us!
Our mission today, Agents, is to discover an activity or event taking place near your home that is celebrating Earth Month by giving back to the Earth in some way.

It may be an ecosystem recovery project, a tree planting event, a beach or park clean up, or even a gardening event. Identify an event in your community that is helping to regenerate the Earth, RSVP to it, and then go to that event tomorrow for Earth Day or over the weekend in honor of Earth Day!
(See resources for finding an event below!)
Invite your friends to go with you! There’s enough life-affirming, regenerative fun to go around for everyone!
Find an Earth Month Event!

Use the Earth Day Network global event map to find an event in your area! Literally thousands of events are taking place around the world, so there is bound to be one near you. Are you organizing an event? You can add it to the map, too.

Find an Event Here!

Each day during Earth Week, the Compassion Torch will be passed to a different Champion of Compassion. For Day 6 of the Earth Week, we are thrilled to pass the Compassion Torch from Unify to Earth Gratitude!

View Past Missions!

Previously released Serve the Earth Week missions are available to be viewed here. It's never too late to revisit past or missed missions to find inspiration for igniting compassion for Mother Earth!

The good man is the friend of all living things. ---Gandhi-

The "Honorable Harvest": Lessons From an Indigenous Tradition of Giving Thanks

--by Robin Wall Kimmerer, syndicated from Yes Magazine, Apr 27, 2017
What if this holiday season we fill our shopping baskets with only that which is needed and give something back in return?

In this season of harvest, our baskets are full, rounded with fragrant apples and heaped with winter squash. So too are the steel shopping carts that clatter across the parking lot, plastic bags whipping in the wind. How do we even name such abundance? Are these commodities? Natural resources? Ecosystem services? In the indigenous worldview, we call them gifts.
We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth: air to breathe, fresh water, the companionship of geese and maples—and food. Since we lack the gift of photosynthesis, we animals are destined by biology to be utterly dependent upon the lives of others, the inherently generous, more-than-human persons with whom we share the planet.
If we understand the Earth as just a collection of objects, then apples and the land that offers them fall outside our circle of moral consideration. We tell ourselves that we can use them however we please, because their lives don’t matter. But in a worldview that understands them as persons, their lives matter very much. Recognition of personhood does not mean that we don’t consume, but that we are accountable for the lives that we take. When we speak of the living world as kin, we also are called to act in new ways, so that when we take those lives, we must do it in such a way that brings honor to the life that is taken and honor to the ones receiving it.
The canon of indigenous principles that govern the exchange of life for life is known as the Honorable Harvest. They are “rules” of sorts that govern our taking, so that the world is as rich for the seventh generation as it is for us. 
The Honorable Harvest, a practice both ancient and urgent, applies to every exchange between people and the Earth. Its protocol is not written down, but if it were, it would look something like this:
Ask permission of the ones whose lives you seek. Abide by the answer.
Never take the first. Never take the last.
Harvest in a way that minimizes harm. 
Take only what you need and leave some for others.
Use everything that you take. 
Take only that which is given to you. 
Share it, as the Earth has shared with you. 
Be grateful. 
Reciprocate the gift.
Sustain the ones who sustain you, and the Earth will last forever.
Though we live in a world made of gifts, we find ourselves harnessed to institutions and an economy that relentlessly ask, “What more can we take from the Earth?” In order for balance to occur, we cannot keep taking without replenishing. Don’t we need to ask, “What can we give?”
The Honorable Harvest is a covenant of reciprocity between humans and the land. This simple list may seem like a quaint prescription for how to pick berries, but it is the root of a sophisticated ethical protocol that could guide us in a time when unbridled exploitation threatens the life that surrounds us. Western economies and institutions enmesh us all in a profoundly dishonorable harvest. Collectively, by assent or by inaction, we have chosen the policies we live by. We can choose again.
What if the Honorable Harvest were the law of the land? And humans—not just plants and animals—fulfilled the purpose of supporting the lives of others? What would the world look like if a developer poised to convert a meadow to a shopping mall had first to ask permission of the meadowlarks and the goldenrod? And abide by their answer? What if we fill our shopping baskets with only that which is needed and give something back in return?  
How can we reciprocate the gifts of the Earth? In gratitude, in ceremony, through acts of practical reverence and land stewardship, in fierce defense of the places we love, in art, in science, in song, in gardens, in children, in ballots, in stories of renewal, in creative resistance, in how we spend our money and our precious lives, by refusing to be complicit with the forces of ecological destruction. Whatever our gift, we are called to give it and dance for the renewal of the world.

This article is syndicated from YES! magazine. YES! Magazine reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, we outline a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world. Author Robin Wall Kimmerer is the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.       

Missions for SPC Friday and the weekend of National Volunteer Week

Agents, our ninth and final mission
is to reflect, celebrate, and share
the journey and the outcomes of our
unprecedented, unified action!

“The spiritual foundation of this Call for Urgent, Unprecedented, and Unified Action is based in the understanding of the fundamental oneness and unity of all life… Since we are all part of the Sacred Circle of Life we are all Indigenous Peoples of our Mother Earth. This makes every Human Being responsible for the well-being of one another and for all living things upon our Mother Earth.”
-Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr.
Compassion Games Chairperson

Agents, what a journey we’ve been on these past 9 days together!
Loving seven generations, we walked in nature and were mindful of what impact our actions may have in a thousand years.

Mission #2:
We loved water by appreciating its precious value, and found ways to save as much as possible in our gratitude.

Mission #3:
Loving food, we cooked a meal for our loved ones and shared with them the nourishment of Mother Earth.

Mission #4:
By loving energy, we realized the power within ourselves and found ways to be more like plants by saving energy and transitioning to renewable energies.

Mission #5:
In loving wisdom we reclaimed our birthright of wholeness, and found ways to connect with others while reducing our waste.

Mission #6:
Through the love of Earth service, we committed ourselves to Serve the Earth...

Mission #7:
 ...and by loving community, we stepped into our roles as good stewards through compassionate action.

Mission #8:
And, through our love of this world - our Mother Earth - we celebrated the places we love that make us who we are.

Today, Agents, is a day of reflection, sharing, and celebration. You are part of a very important group of change agents in the world at this time, and we want to honor all that you’ve done and will continue to do to protect all life!

Reflect on the journey you’ve had over the last 9 days and the impact you had on yourself, others, and the planet. Share your experiences on the Compassion Report Map to store them in a type of time-capsule, and as a way to inspire countless other human relatives who are working toward the same healing of our planet that you are.
Life stirs within each of us.
It wants to thrive, heal, and grow.
And it is doing so through you.

Thank you for your commitment to our one and only planet, Agents.

Thank you!