Spiritual Ecology Convergence at UBC

The art exhibit is in the lobby of the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Behind the mandala set up is a framed, giclee print of “Lovers of Creation” that I shipped earlier for the show.
First Nation’s Beau Dick is a Canadian Northwest Coast Native artist of Kwakwaka’wakw descent. He opened the Wednesday talks with the creation story of his people and a blessing prayer for the day. 
The Japanese Gardens around the Asia Center are stunning and peaceful. The whole UBC campus is really beautiful.
Nice start to our community mandala.
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim from the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology via Skype introducing their documentary “Journey of the Universe” that is narrated by Brian Swimme.

Art opening and discussions continue.
Beauty making.
Walking the universe story.

Learning to make fire (without matches or lighter) from Nikki Van Schyndel of ‘Becoming Wild.’
Our final mandala offering that will be remain in the lobby of the Liu Institute until the show comes down in November.

Last month I journeyed north to attend and participate in the first Spiritual Ecologies and New Cosmologies Convergence at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. It was a wonderful and inspiring gathering of people who care passionately about our beloved earth to envision and plan how we might join in solidarity to ensure a liveable planet for future generations and all our species. A wide variety of topics and speakers ranged from First Nation’s, Judaism, Muslim, Hinduism, Buddhism, Unitarian, Thomas Berry and the new cosmology, shamanism and art, Christianity and Bioregionalism, Occupy Vancouver and intentional community, and one of my favorites, “Jesus as Shaman.” I also brought the nature mandala ceremony to the event and participated in the group art exhibit which will remain up through November. You can learn more about the artists and speakers at this link http://holyscapes.wordpress.com/spiritual-ecologies-and-new-cosmologies-convergence/ Bow of gratitude to Jason Brown of UBC for bringing us all together in conversation.