The Price of Sand | The Value of Life: 21st Annual Fall Soul Conference
Friday, November 14, 7:00-9:00 pm and
Saturday, November 15, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
*Friday Afternoon Pre Fall Soul Tour: Arrive 2:45 pm. Depart Carondelet Center at 3:00 pm. Return: 5:00 pm.
*Scroll down this page for more information on the Pre Fall Soul Tour.
“Aboriginal people are right; we are the Earth, created like everything else from the four sacred elements of water, air, fire, and earth. This statement isn’t meant in a metaphoric or poetic way but as scientifically demonstrable reality. When we think of the ‘environmental crisis’ this way, our response has to be completely different.”
David Suzuki and Amanda McConnell
Water. Air. Fire. Earth. Each of us is comprised of these sacred elements, but what happens when our species begins to value person-made expansion and economy at the expense of environmental degradation? Ultimately, we all must encounter and explore our value of life—what are we willing to do in order to preserve our breath, our soul energy, the ground we walk on, and the water that comprises our being?
These questions will be explored throughout Fall Soul as we examine the devastation and consequences of frac sand mining in communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Collective discussion and reflection will be deepened through interaction with distinguished local musicians, artists,and environmental experts. On a pilgrimage to a local river, we will celebrate an earth-honoring ritual that reveals the beauty that resides within the devastation around us.
Come delve deeply into our responsibility in reclaiming the sacred elements that encompass our community and our being, and probe our role in midwifing the earth through her labor pains. Be called to challenge one another to an active ethic of life that is informed by faith and that invigorates sustainable change within our local spheres of influence.
Video: By telling the complex story of this mining boom through interviews and news stories, The Price of Sand seeks to understand what frac sand really costs—in dollars, friendships, communities and the future of our region.
*The above image is Blue Earth from Peter L. Johnson. To see more information about Peter’s art exhibit and opening reception at Wisdom Ways, please click here.
Pre Fall Soul Tour to confluence of Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers
On Friday, November 14, depart from Carondelet Center at 3:00 pm and return at 5:00 pm. Please arrive at Carondelet Center by 2:45 pm. Transportation will be provided.
Join us as artist Peter L. Johnson will guide a tour of the ‘living studio’ where he works in deep community with the water at Bdote, the place of first creation of the Dakota People, situated at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.
Please wear appropriate clothing for weather and walking shoes as we will be outside along the rivers.
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Many voices will weave the texture of the weekend’s inquiry: local musicians, artists, environmental experts, as well as local photographer, cinematographer and filmmaker Jim Tittle, who filmed the video The Price of Sand after an oil company bought a tract of land near his mother’s house in rural Goodhue County, Minnesota, and Peter L. Johnson, artist-in-residence at Katherine’s Garden in St. Paul, whose placed-based art seeks to express the devastating truth and intrinsic beauty of our relationship with our ecosystems.
Eileen Shaughnessy is a teacher, musician, and spiritual director. She is an Adjunct Instructor and Lecturer in Sustainability Studies, Women’s Studies, and American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She holds a BA from Saint Catherine University and an MA in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Eileen also received her Certificate in Spiritual Guidance and Leadership in 2010 from WomanWell in Saint Paul, MN. She has been an professional and touring musician for over seven years, playing solo and with her band: “Eileen and the In-Betweens.”
Jill’s research focuses on the interaction between landscape structure, species assemblages, and biogeochemical cycling in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Most of her work occurs in streams, lately, in Iceland!
She has also worked in restored Minnesota prairies. Ultimately, Welter’s work aims to link species composition to ecosystem processes in ways that help us better predict the consequences of environmental change (e.g., climate and land use).
Johanna Rupprecht is an organizer with the Land Stewardship Project. Based in the Lewiston office, she has led LSP’s local organizing on the frac sand issue in southeast Minnesota for the past two years. She grew up on a family farm near Lewiston and now lives in Winona.
WHEN: Friday evening, November 14, 7:00-9:00 pm and Saturday, November 15, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
*Friday afternoon Pre Fall Soul Conference Tour: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm (Please RSVP)
COST: $45.00, includes lunch on Saturday; Friday only: $20.00; Saturday only: $35.00
*Friday afternoon’s Pre Fall Soul Conference Tour is free; RSVP required.
*This event is closed