Season of Creation Resources

We've provided two types of resources for you in this section: a series of podcasts and a bunch of online websites and pages that will provide you with even more words and media to more fully understand and convey just what the Season of Creation is all about.

Podcasts

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 best way to take in these podcasts is via this page on the Anchor podcasts page. There, you'll be able to directly access and listen to any available podcast, or access it through your preferred provider (e.g. Spotify or Google Podcasts).

Note that the podcasts are being released weekly, so check back in another week or more for any added episodes.

Here are summaries of the podcasts:

  • Introduction to The Land Wants Us to Live Differently Here
  • 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 Rev. James Lavoy opens with a reflection on place as he expresses his sense of vision and mission for the camp land in its 80th year of church use.
  • 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. In the meantime, we explore the urban-rural disconnect, organic farming practices, awe and mystery in the way of growth, and the history of Dorothy's area.  
  • Episode 3: Edmonton 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, beekeepers, 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 Michelle Nieviadomy is an assistant director at the Edmonton native Healing centre and I speak with her as she journeys alongside our urban Aboriginal population - reconnecting people to culture and ceremony. I know her from her work with the Inner City Pastoral Ministry at the Bissell Centre and through the Diocesan Social Justice Committee. This conversation was recorded as part of a trip out to Alexander First Nation to gather sage for winter use.
  • Episode 5: Dobush Farm Recorded throughout the growing season of 2021, Rev. Jonathan Crane speaks with Rick Dobush, a grain farmer near Warwick, Alberta. Rick grew up on the land he farms, and through his parents, remembers how much farming has changed in the last century. They talk about the realities of being in the modern grain business, the changes in his community, and Rick’s reflections of living on this land.

Access these podcasts via the Anchor.fm website.

Further Resources

You can access these from the explanations and links below, or just download and use the provided PDF.

  • seasonofcreation.org - This website is the centre of resources globally. Note the upcoming ecumenical gathering on September 1st! 
  • Harvest Video - Our Rural Ministries Initiative is providing a short video that will help us meditate on the realities of harvest time in our diocese. Please consider using it during your service on Harvest Thanksgiving. (A link to this will be provided ASAP, when it becomes available.)
  • PWRDF - Check out these resources for small group discussion.
  • Rural Road Trip - Did you miss the Rural Road Trip earlier in the year? Now would be a great time to grab your Rural Road Trip bingo card and plan a trip to the corners of our diocesan geography.