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Our 2022 Winter Programming:

 

Check below for more upcoming programming and LEC news:


News and Events

Winter Solstice Celebration

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
7:00 pm8:00 pm
LEC Big Red Barn
170 Good Counsel Dr
Mankato, MN 56001
US

Please join LEC for an abbreviated, safety-minded, version of our traditional Winter Solstice Celebration.
We will gather outside by the Big Red Barn for our annual bonfire, ritual, and reflection, followed by an optional nighttime snow shoe hike.

Mulled cider and cookies provided.

Masking encouraged, especially if you are unvaccinated.

Event is free, with free-will donation to LEC encouraged.
Pre-registration is not required, but greatly appreciated:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-solstice-celebration-tickets-210673007637

In the case of inclement weather, event will be held virtually.

Winter Reading Series - "The Future Earth"

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
6:00 pm7:30 pm
online via Zoom

Join LEC for the first of three Winter Reading Series Events, where we discuss the book, "The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What's Possible in the Age of Warming."

About the book:
The first hopeful book about climate change, "The Future Earth" shows readers how to reverse the short- and long-term effects of climate change over the next three decades.
The basics of climate science are easy. We know it is entirely human-caused. Which means its solutions will be similarly human-led. In "The Future Earth," leading climate change advocate and weather-related journalist Eric Holthaus offers a radical vision of our future, specifically how to reverse the short- and long-term effects of climate change over the next three decades.
Anchored by world-class reporting, interviews with futurists, climatologists, biologists, economists, and climate change activists, it shows what the world could look like if we implemented radical solutions on the scale of the crises we face.

We will be meeting via Zoom.
Event is free to attend, pre-registration is requested, and free-will donations are greatly accepted.
Register via Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-reading-series-the-future-earth-tickets-210725073367

Winter Reading Series - "The Seed Keeper"

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
6:00 pm7:30 pm
online via Zoom

Join LEC for our second Winter Reading Series for a discussion of the book, "The Seed Keeper."

About the book:
A haunting novel spanning several generations, The Seed Keeper follows a Dakhóta family's struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most.
Rosalie Iron Wing has grown up in the woods with her father, Ray, a former science teacher who tells her stories of plants, of the stars, of the origins of the Dakhóta people. Until, one morning, Ray doesn't return from checking his traps. Told she has no family, Rosalie is sent to live with a foster family in nearby Mankato--where the reserved, bookish teenager meets rebellious Gaby Makespeace, in a friendship that transcends the damaged legacies they've inherited.
On a winter's day many years later, Rosalie returns to her childhood home. A widow and mother, she has spent the previous two decades on her white husband's farm, finding solace in her garden even as the farm is threatened first by drought and then by a predatory chemical company. Now, grieving, Rosalie begins to confront the past, on a search for family, identity, and a community where she can finally belong. In the process, she learns what it means to be descended from women with souls of iron--women who have protected their families, their traditions, and a precious cache of seeds through generations of hardship and loss, through war and the insidious trauma of boarding schools.
Weaving together the voices of four indelible women, "The Seed Keeper" is a beautifully told story of reawakening, of remembering our original relationship to the seeds and, through them, to our ancestors.

We will be meeting via Zoom.
Event is free to attend, pre-registration is requested, and free-will donations are greatly accepted.
Register via Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-reading-series-the-seed-keeper-tickets-210729095397

Winter Reading Series - "How to Be Alive"

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
6:00 pm7:30 pm
online via Zoom

Join LEC for our final Winter Reading Series to discuss the book, "How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World"
About the book:
The author of "No Impact Man" and founder of the No Impact Project returns with this trailblazing guide to living a meaningful and fulfilling life while also contributing to the wellbeing of our communities and the planet.
When Colin Beavan embarked upon a yearlong experiment to lead a zero net-impact existence in the middle of New York City, he had no idea what a profound effect it would have upon himself and others around him. For Colin, the project--chronicled in a book, a documentary, and an ongoing lecture series--formed the basis of a radical "lifestyle redesign" that reached beyond just environmental activism. And, in the course of his travels and lectures, he encountered scores of people who were similarly breaking from traditional ideas about work, home, and even family in order to take their futures, and the planet's, in their own hands. In the process they made a startling discovery--a happier way of life that is also having a deeply positive impact on the world.
For most of us, though, even contemplating this kind of transformation is overwhelming and confusing. "In How to Be Alive," Beavan shares his insights on finding the path that's right for you. Drawing on everything from classic literature and philosophy to current science, and combining that with his own experiences alongside those of the many people he has met along the way, Colin explores a broad array of transformational lifestyle adjustments--small and large--that offer security and meaning in a world confronted by ecological crises, economic upheaval, and ongoing war and social injustice. In the process, he helps readers embark on the quest for a "good life" of their own--lives both better for them and the planet.

We will be meeting via Zoom.
Event is free to attend, pre-registration is requested, and free-will donations are greatly accepted.
Register via Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-reading-series-how-to-be-alive-tickets-210735003067


Motivated by the belief that the needle is not just an artistic medium but a tool for advocacy as well, Bring Up Banner Project leads conversations and art making inspired by our current world. Creating and making banners is a way for community members to resist what is happening in the United States and in the world, cultivating silent protesting in a safe and positive way.

Many have come forward to ask questions regarding the future of the Living Earth Community Garden located on the School Sisters of Notre Dame Good Counsel Campus. We would like to thank all who have supported Living Earth Center and previously Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry throughout the years for their continued concern. We are working with SSND to do everything we can to keep the Community Garden at its current location while also reviewing options of moving the Garden to a different space.

While no decisions have been made, we can say with certainty that Living Earth Center was founded as a non-profit with a long term vision in mind.

This October, Mankato Fair Trade is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Mankato being a Fair Trade Town!

Mankato Fair Trade has planned a month-long celebration! There will be a fair trade Facebook contest with prizes, a series of bazaars at four different churches, a movie night and a talk at MNSU.