HOUSE NEWS: Learn to crochet tonight! Blankets needed, and Roundtable this Thursday!
I was just thinking how nice it is that all of these emails/web updates always start out the same. Living at the GCW is an immersion in “giving thanks,” and doing these emails/web updates reminds me of that every week. I spoke to a group of young high school students this past week, justice leaders from Edmund Rice Christian Brothers high schools all across the nation (and in Latin America too!). We talked about the importance of advocacy, what is essential to justice, and why we are called as people of faith to work for social change. One of the closing lines I shared with them was this, which I have heard attributed to a number of different folks throughout the years: “What we cannot do it alone, we can do together.” The GCW reminds me of this every week–none of us could do this alone, but together we can. And for this, I give thanks.
So thanks to TiAnna, Ida and Sarah, who so kindly provided a veritable feast for our small but hungry group of football game watchers on Saturday night. About 12-15 of us gathered throughout the night and the veggie pizza, sausages (yes, if you didn’t make it, you missed one of those rare times when meat was in the house!), Southwestern dip and chips, and homemade cookies really hit the spot! Thanks too to all of our regular volunteers throughout the week, especially you courageous souls that get up and trek over here for Breakfast Brigade each Friday morning!
Lots going on this week:
TONIGHT – LEARN TO CROCHET! Tonight, Monday, at the Green House Knitters, there will be a “class” for folks who want to learn how to crochet. Things start at 7:30pm.
LIVING MINDFULLY ROUNDTABLE: Thursday night, beginning at 6:30pm, we’re excited to have University of Florida professor Whitney Sanford and graduate student in religion Vickie Machado (our very own) co-leading the monthly roundtable discussion on “Mindful Living”. They will lead the conversation with Dr. Sanford’s current work with Gandhian intentional communities as well as Vickie’s summer experience with the environmental faith group, EcoStewards. Hope you can join us! Please bring a dish to share if you can!
MORE ART FOR ALL: This week will be another double dose of art on Saturday, 1-4pm. We’ll have artists on hand to teach multimedia collage and how to make paper crane christmas ornaments.
COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS IN TOWN: The CIW is in town to promote their anti-slavery work with their Museum of Modern-Day Slavery. The group is staying with us at the GCW and we hope y’all will get a chance to connect with them this week. Today they are at UF at the Plaza of the Americas, until 5pm, then a presentation in CSE E222. On Wednesday, they’ll be at Santa Fe College, 9am to 5pm at the Library, with presentations with Santa Fe professors taking place between 11am and 2pm. You can learn more about the CIW by clicking here.
Also, if you have extra blankets, with the dip in temp, some of our folks who live on the streets are starting to think about being prepared for serious cold weather. We typically give out several hundred blankets over the course of the year; if you can drop some off at the house, we would be grateful. Thanks everyone, and we hope to see you this week at the GCW!
Kelli and John