I am one who feels God’s presence more deeply in nature, whether I’m hiking or gardening, looking at grand vistas or noticing small pollinators or new buds. I often think of some of the wisdom shared by Robin Wall Kimmerer, botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in her book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants. She so eloquently brings these very different worldviews together to show us what we can learn from nature. A book well worth meditating on.

Call to Justice

On Sunday, when we realized Dr. Kelly might not be coming to the adult forum, Toni Sveom stepped in to share her excitement about a book she is in the middle of reading, The Cost of Free Land by Rebecca Clarren, an award-winning journalist, writing about her Jewish family’s settling in western South Dakota after fleeing Russian pogroms.

The Promise Illuminated

The Promise Illuminated

Advent & Christmas 2023 Worship Series From the very beginning, God has been in pursuit of creation’s well-being. And though God has high expectations for us, we’re also our own worst enemies. God refuses to leave us on our own. We have been engulfed by darkness...

Repentance and Healing

In his Friday devotion, “Embracing Reconciliation,” Pastor Peter quoted Dr. Kelly’s website: “Her work primarily focuses on systemic theology, with a unique approach to Lakota Spirituality and how it can inform Christianity and instill healing.” With that in mind, I’d like to share part of the “INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S CELEBRATION, A Service of Indigenous People,” written and compiled by Kelly when she was a Doctoral student at Luther Seminary and active member of the American Indian/Alaska Native Lutheran Association Inc board of directors.