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November Update

Posted: 11/2/16
horn of plenty

Download our November newsletter here.

During this season of harvest and gratitude, we at Voices for Earth Justice offer a prayer of deep appreciation for our donors, staff members, collaborators, and volunteers.
This year we have connected with you in our gardens, children's programs, interfaith prayer gatherings, environmental justice work, workshops, and pot lucks. Thank you so much for participating with your presence and other forms of support!  Partnering with people and organizations who want to save the planet and who share their resources makes the day-to-day miracles of life happen.
We are looking forward to 2017, believing that together we will ensure a more just world for our children and grandchildren.  We rely on your annual financial support. Will you help us continue our good work by sending us a check or donating on line through our web site?
Voices for Earth Justice

Exploring Permaculture

hope house garden

Our garden designer and program manager Naim Edwards took a few weeks off in September and October for a permaculture design course in Missouri. Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. The course was hosted at the Peace and Permaculture Center by the Possibility Alliance. Naim spent two weeks sleeping in a tent on a 160 acre wooded savannah site with no running water or electricity learning how humans can better live in harmony with one another and nature.

Permaculture is an approach to food production that is intended to be self-sufficient and self sustaining. The course was almost divided 50/50 between hard, technical skills and "harder" social skills like conflict resolution. Naim was awakened by music every morning before dawn to a day filled with learning sessions, reflection, and just living outside. He returned from the Permaculture Design Course with new knowledge, ideas, and skills to apply at Hope House and our outreach work in Detroit!

VEJ Cofounder on "Going Green in Warren"

Watch Voices for Earth Justice cofounder Patty Gillis on the TV program "Going Green in Warren" discussing faith-based environmentalism, including VEJ's work and Laudato Si: or watch below:

Upcoming Activities

November 13 - Leaf raking at 2:00pm @ Hope House, 15894 Greydale St., Detroit, MI 48223. Bring a rake, gloves and leaf bags if you have them; we will have extras on hand of all above supplies.

November 18 - Muslim Prayer at 1:30pm @ Masjid As Salaam Islamic Community on Greydale and 5 Mile. Women please cover legs, and arms and bring a head covering. If you plan to join us, please call Sr. Janet at 313-595-3944.

December 18 - Winter Solstice celebration - time and location TBA

New Year Program

WHAT: Ecospiritual Companioning: A Spiritual Growth Group
WHEN: Saturdays January 14th and 28th, 2017 and February 4th and 18th, 2017.

  • Time: 10:00 am – Noon, followed by a light lunch
  • Location: 21695 Rougewood Drive, Southfield, MI 48033

1. Cultivating an open mind
2. Welcoming challenge
3. Navigating darkness
4. Faithfulness on the journey
Our time together will include prayer, input, silent reflection, group work, and discussion.
HOW MUCH: No fee, donations accepted.
WHO: Limited to 12 participants----please email your name and contact info to to register.

The Spiritual Growth Group is sponsored by Voices for Earth Justice, and facilitated by Dr. Patricia Benson, a Dominican Sister of Adrian. Sr. Pat recently held the position of associate professor of spirituality at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit and holds a PhD in Theology focused on Christian Spirituality.

MORE INFO: Please call 248-351-9001.


For more, download our November newsletter here.