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BT Irwin Blog #2: Wonder and Gratitude

Posted: 10/20/17

What changed me from a climate change denier and opponent of those who speak for the environment?

Was it alarming facts and the latest research on climate change? No.

Was it a persuasive politician, scientist, or theologian? No.

Was it a preacher or prophet who triggered my guilt? No.

What changed my mind about earth justice was...my heart.

And what changed my heart was gratitude that came from wonder.

A blog post is too small a space to tell the whole story. That may come over the weeks, months, and years ahead of us.

Help get Hope House and Gardens ready for winter

Posted: 10/13/17

Voices for Earth Justice will host a fall cleanup and "winterization" day at Hope House and Gardens on Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Volunteers will work together to get the property ready for the cold weather months. Activities will include fall gardening work and raking leaves. This will be a family friendly event and hot beverages and snacks will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring lawn bags to donate. 

BT's Blog #1: Want earth justice? Do this one little thing today.

Posted: 10/13/17

Are you willing to do a little favor for the “new guy”?

Here it is:

For one day, listen closely to the voices in your life. On that day, use your imagination to hear every voice as a whisper so that you’ll have to lean in close to listen carefully.

Don’t forget to listen to your own voice. Listen to what you say to other people. Listen to what you say to yourself. What tone do you use? What words do you choose?

You may wonder: “Why is the new executive director of an ‘earth justice’ nonprofit asking me to listen to myself talk?”

Voices for Earth Justice chooses new executive director

Posted: 9/25/17

Voices for Earth Justice recently chose longtime community nonprofit leader BT Irwin to succeed founder Patty Gillis as executive director. Gillis retired in July 2017 after leading the organization for 15 years.

“Voices for Earth Justice grew in the rain and sunshine of Patty’s faith, hope, and love,” said Irwin. “She put 15 years of her life into preparing the ground and planting the seeds we get to cultivate and grow.”