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We gather at our Environmental Cottage on Grand Island, New York. The Cottage sits on several undeveloped acres.

-- Photo by Jon Rieley-Goddard

Calendar - March - April 2009

All programs are from 4-6 p.m. on Sundays at The Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, unless otherwise indicated. Other items of interest are in italics. Check out our website for updated information: www.riversidesalem.org or let June know if you want email notices and aren’t receiving them: jlicence@buffalo.edu (773-1426).

All programs at our Environmental Chapel (a/k/a The Cottage), 3449 West River Road, Grand Island,
from 4-6 p.m. Sundays, unless otherwise indicated (potluck always following program).
For information: www.riversidesalem.org or 773-1426 (June).

March 1 Sharing Our Gifts, Jon & Cathy coordinating. What's on your bookshelf? Let's talk about favorite books. Come prepared to tell us about a favorite book, read a passage from it, tell us why it is so important to you. Fiction, nonfiction, adventure, mystery, memoir-- whatever has captured your heart.

March 8 “Renewal” (DVD) from Interfaith Power and Light.

[March 14 LASC Event at Daemen College Wick Center; 6:30 wine & cheese; 7:45 Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch, speaks. For info: WNYPC, 894-2013.]

March 15 Sam Loliger, “China:” Imagine being on a tour in a foreign country and hearing your guide say, "Tomorrow we will be touring one of the country's smaller large cities; it has a population of only 7 million people." Sam heard that comment during his trip to China this past November, winding up a visit to Beijing, which has a population of over 20 million. (Over 60 cities in China have populations over 1 million.) Sam will offer commentary on his projected digital pictures taken on his 8-9-day trip.

March 22 “The World According to Monsanto” (DVD): What they manufacture, how they treat their clients, how they advertise and what they deliver and so forth. It's actually a French film in collaboration with organizations in other countries, but it is spoken in English. Eveline Hartz, facilitator.

March 29 John Mohawk on the Doctrine of Discovery (DVD), shown and commented on by Agnes Williams, Indigenous Women’s Initiatives (IWI) Coordinator.


April 12 EASTER: Cathy Rieley-Goddard and Bobbie Grimm will lead us in activities to link our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and our spiritual connections to the creation.

April 19 Robert K. Dentan, "Natural Peace: How Humans Normally Keep the Peace without Cops, Experts, 'Conflict Resolution' or Ideological Commitment." Dr. Dentan, professor emeritus of anthropology at UB, will talk about what he learned in half a dozen years living with Senoi Semai of western Malaysia, who are widely thought to be the least violent people in the world. The fact that they are not pious, pacifist, or professional peaceniks suggests some possible tactical re-thinking by advocates of peace. Dentan’s publications focused on nonviolence include “Cautious, Alert, Polite and Elusive: The Semai of Central Peninsular Malaysia,” in Keeping the Peace by Graham Kemp and Douglas Fry, New York, Routledge (2004); “Recent Studies on Violence: What’s In and What’s Out,” Reviews in Anthropology 37 (2008); Overwhelming Terror: Love, Peace, Fear and Violence among Semai of Malaysia, Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield (2008). Ironically, his writing has given him a reputation as an expert on violence.

April 26 ENVIRONMENTAL SABBATH: We will work on re-chipping the nature trail, collecting bark for the living roof on the straw-bale project, turning the soil to prepare for the 3 sisters garden, and enjoying the outdoors.

May 1 Sharing Our Gifts

Here are some old calendar entries, to give a sense of what we do:


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