Saturday, September 19, 2020
9 to 11 a.m.
More and more people are taking advantage of outside time and talking about how it makes them feel good. Our connection with the natural world and how that relates to spiritual and mental health is especially relevant in these unprecedented times. This year's keynote speaker, Rev. Stephen Blackmer of Church of the Woods and founding director of Kairos Earth, will look at our deeper, spiritual connection with Earth not simply as a point for discussion, a myth, or a pseudoscience but as a spiritual practice that is especially relevant in turbulent times. A spiritual connection with the land offers practical guidance to improve our own well-being, to live in harmony with others, and to engage more people in loving and caring for the interconnected web of Being in which we all exist.
Prior to being ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2013, Steve worked for 25 years to conserve forests, rivers, and rural communities in New England and New York with the Northern Forest Center, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. He founded Five River Conservation Trust (then Concord Conservation Trust) and has just completed another term on the Board of Directors. He is an environmental fellow with the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, was a Bullard Fellow at the Harvard Forest, and was awarded the National Conservation Partnership Award in 2003.