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How do we live well on the land? In a five-part podcast series for the 2021 Season of Creation (September 1-October 4), the Rev. Jonathan Crane of the Edmonton diocese's social justice committee explores the significance of this question for the Church in north-central Alberta as we wrestle with both our Indigenous and ecological history.

The title is drawn from a story shared by a Dene elder of his ancestors moving into a different landscape. Their old ways and traditions were no longer applicable, they had to practice a new way of gathering food and keeping communication. The Anglican Church came from a very different place, land, and tradition. What new ways of incarnation do we need to learn and hone in this place?

During the Season of Creation, hear weekly interviews from people who care for land in both rural and urban settings. The podcasts, which are designed to be enjoyed by individuals and church programs, will be available both on the diocesan website and on Anchor FM


Episode 1: Van-Es

We begin our Season of Creation podcast journey in a familiar place to many in the Diocese of Edmonton: Camp Van-Es .

Episode 2: Along the Battle River

Dorothy Marshall and her son farm along the battle river near Camrose. Join us as we meander through the sheep pen, visit some brand-new born friends, and end up chatting near the cattle slough.  

Episode 3: Tree Farmer

We often forget that engaging land means engaging urban land, too. What piece of land do you love in your city? What tree has become beloved to you and your family? Have you planted anything that will outlast you by a hundred years, a thousand years? How does planting trees change our perspective and renew the earth? Dustin Bajer is an educator, master gardener, writer, beekeeper, and ecologically inspired designer. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. As a child playing in the forest, Dustin developed an appreciation for the natural world. As an adult, Dustin works to create a better world by partnering with nature.

Episode 4: Sacred Land - Urban and Rural

In this interview, Jonathan Crane speaks with Michelle Nieviadomy, assistant director at the Edmonton Native Healing Centre, a member of the Inner City Pastoral Ministry at the Bissell center and the diocesan social justice committee. This conversation was recorded as part of our trip out to Alexander First Nation to gather sage for winter use.