planting seeds
Common Ground, Shared Roots is to bring the people in our Diocese together, to experience Unci Maka, this sacred land upon which we worship God known as
Grandmother Earth, and to learn how the land can care for God’s sacred people.   This program is divided into two parts. During the first segment, we focus on the land's history. Believing that every land has a story to tell, storytellers have been invited from each location to share one or more stories they believe the land wishes for us to hear.

The second segment focuses on how the land can benefit us in the future and, to that end, a presenter from Augustana University will teach us about the benefits of prairie gardens and how they are excellent and inexpensive ways that carbon can be removed from the atmosphere. A prairie grass garden has been started at each one of the three sites where Common Ground, Shared Roots is being held, and participants are taught how to plant prairie grass gardens at their churches and homes.  
Common Ground, Shared Roots was first offered on September 10th at the Bishop Hare Center in Rosebud Mission West.

It will be offered two more times at the following places (click on links for Google Map locations):  

October 22: St. James Episcopal Church, Enemy Swim
November 5: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Eagle Butte  
We will begin gathering at each site at 9:00 AM. The program will begin at 9:30 AM and end after lunch, starting at 12:30 PM.   We are asking people to register so that we can have an idea of how many people to expect. To register online, please use this link: Common Ground, Shared Roots.   

There is an entirely free event, and all are welcome! Please share information about this program with the members of your congregations and friends, and we look forward to seeing you there!   Faithfully,  

The Common Ground, Shared Roots Project Team  
Mrs. Stephanie Bolman-Altamirano, Mni Sose Episcopal Mission
Mr. Warren Hawk, Standing Rock Episcopal Mission
Mr. Mitch Honan, Canon for Finance and Property
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan Folts, Bishop