FIRELIGHT

Wisdom to Support & Inspire

FIrelight includes essays, poems, prayers, songs, and profiles to nourish our souls and inspire our climate justice work. We hope these offerings can also support your meetings and gatherings as you ground your time together in relationship and care.

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Facing Grief with Deep Love

By Teddie Potter

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…

Understanding Self for Climate Action

By Narayan Dhakal

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…

On Taking Back our Power

By Sara Wilhelm Garbers

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…

What does love have to do with climate change?

By Teddie Potter

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%…

Being the Dream: On Winter’s Wisdom

By Kali Higgins

Welcome to the first edition of Firelight of 2018, curated by Kali Higgins who shares music, poetry, meditation, and reflection as we find our way into the depths and wisdom of Winter. This month’s curator Kali Higgins co-creates experiences where people can slow down and tap into their intuition by moving with the rhythms and…

On Keeping Warm

By Sara Wilhelm Garbers

Welcome to this edition of Firelight, curated by Sara Wilhelm Garbers. Read on for her meditation on the beloved Mary Oliver poem “Wild Geese”, an invitation to care for ourselves well, to keep warm through the cold winter night. This Month’s Curator Sara Wilhelm Garbers teaches formation at United Seminary, is a doctoral candidate at…

Here is the World

By Claire Curran

Have you noticed how the sun is playing in the leaves, giving us these glorious last few days of fall? The bright beauty of the world seems so clear to me on these autumnal days, which makes the pain and suffering all around us even starker. How then can we see and celebrate the light,…

Fall Findings

By Kali Higgins

This edition of Firelight is curated by Kali Higgins who shares music, poetry, and reflections as we settle into Fall! This month’s curator Kali Higgins co-creates experiences where people can slow down and tap into their intuition by moving with the rhythms and spirituality of the natural world. In these moments, we (re)find and remember…

Connectedness That Sustains Well-being

By Bethany Divakaran

Dear Friend, Welcome to this edition of Firelight: Wisdom to Support & Inspire! This edition of Firelight is curated by Bethany Divakaran who shares stories of connection. Read on for inspiration to sustain our well-being. Bethany Divakaran is a dabbling writer, a cycling enthusiast, an aspiring gardener, a self-made home canner, a puppy foster-mother, and…

Women’s Wisdom

By Emily Jarrett Hughes

The arts transmit women’s voices with potency. I invite you to sink into these poems and songs; let them fill you up so that you feel strengthened in your inner strength to engage with the world. You can also find a printer friendly version of these offerings here. The Water Song In honor of all…

Birthing the World

By Claire Curran

This ​week ​we’re ​exploring ​how ​we ​can ​build ​creativity ​and ​generativity ​in ​our ​work. ​This ​is ​a difficult ​time ​for ​many ​of ​us, ​as ​we’re ​confronted ​with ​what ​can ​feel ​like ​the ​darkness ​of ​a ​tomb. How ​can ​we ​reimagine ​that ​darkness? ​And ​find ​ourselves ​powerfully ​within ​this ​moment, ​able to ​respond ​fully ​with ​courage…