Ward, JOY Market Coordinator (left) and Jessica Witt, gardener and CSA-manager
Justice, Outreach and Yoga For Creation
by Diane Waddell
We love it when
a plan comes together! We are grateful to God for our opportunity!
Worshiping Community, , in St. Joseph,
Missouri, is part of
Heartland Presbytery. We started out as an ecumenical group celebrating and
bringing to life Pope Francis’ Encyclical,
, in our community. This group is now a part of our JOY
gathering, embracing justice and healing for Creation.
Our six leaders
engage with our community and within our building’s
sacred space (a beautiful little church/chapel). They are working on a CSA
(community supported agriculture) offering, which includes wondrous baked
Anne adds her
beautiful native flowers, herbs and vegetables grown in her greenhouse. She
often donates the native plants to our local parks and spaces where our group
has been invited to “plant native.”
LuAnn shares her
native plants and expertise by planting native flowers in an historic park site
(and has spent countless hours recycling cans and bottles after concerts.)
Saundra is a
fabric artist. She dyes wool with natural dyes and spins on her spinning wheel,
making lovely and creative pieces.
Elizabeth loves working with clay and has enjoyed making multiple items of
pottery, which are quite popular.
added a wonderful affirming and positive spirit to the market. She sells gems
and jewelry and shares about their healing properties.
We are grateful
that the community has been supportive of our efforts, and have found that the
market is a place where vendors can commune and community members come together
to share bounty of God’s
creation and the gifts and talents of their neighbors. We host outside when
possible, inside when needed, and sometimes both, depending on the weather.
We are so
appreciative of the PCUSA and grassroots groups, including Presbyterians for
Earth Care. We have chosen to ground ourselves in Matthew 25 and also
receive the four offerings offered by the denomination. We have shared programs
on sustainable farming, such as a review of “Kiss the Ground,” and enjoy partnering
with another ecumenical group in Kansas City called Sustainable Sanctuary
Coalition for more programs on sustainable agriculture and creation care.
is former moderator of Presbyterians for Earth Care.