Conversation: White Privilege and White Supremacy Culture

September 6, 2017   @   6pm
Join us at JustLiving Farm this coming Wednesday to have a conversation on White Privilege and the Culture of White Supremacy. This conversation is every bit as important for us as it was for our parents and our parent’s parents. Yet, isn’t it one we avoid when we can?

For an hour to an hour and a half, we will consider the difference between White Privilege and a White Supremacy Culture. There is not a hard and fast line in this conversation, mostly because our community has not had an ongoing conversation on racism and anti-racism

If you are a bit of a risk taker or simply tired of others forming the conversation for you, join us to talk about these terms and how they play out in the US, rural and urban communities, and the Eastern Washington landscape.

Our starting point is Ridged Valley Reflections blog, White and the Need to Advance Beyond White Culture Mythology.

Pastures and Pastors: Theology in the Paddock

October 14, 2017, 1:00pm:
Don’t take the title too seriously. The pastures are open to everyone. At the farm we kinda buy into the idea of the “priesthood of all believers,” so if you an pastor, elder, deacon, or just have an interest in how agriculture influences the Hebrew and Christian text, this is for you!

We recognize most of us live in an urban-suburban society, and few of us have the opportunity to experience the rural lifestyle which our our ancestors took for normal. Much of our theology is rural and agriculturally based, yet most of us obtain a theological education without ever entering the paddock and experiencing the chicken, hog, sheep, goat, or cow.

This day is an introduction soil, plants, and animals and how they might have been considered when they were used in the storytelling of the Hebrew and Christian texts.

Fall Roundup BBQ

October 21, 2017
Looking toward winter and wrapping up fall.  No better time roundup neighbors and friends to sit down and have a meal!  A great time to visit the farm, walk around, and consider how you might engage in farm justice.  At the very least, have a farm grown hamburger or zucchini!  Contact us to let us know you are interested in coming to our Fall Roundup BBQ!

Wandering the Text

Wandering the Text is an opportunity to spend four winter evenings exploring and conversing on ancient texts. Each night a theologian will present one text from their heritage/faith with a critical eye towards biblical criticism/text of faith (e.g., narrative, textual, source, postmodernist), and the texts Sitz im Leben (life setting of the text).

Wandering the Text is open to all folk (laity and clergy) who are interested in delving into scripture, welcoming challenge, and robust conversation.

The evenings for 2017-2018 are December 14, January 18,  and February 15.  Each evening begins at 6pm and lasts until roughly 7:30 (even with great and dynamic conversation we will end by 8pm). Folk are welcome to bring something to eat or drink.  Our 2017-2018 Dates and theologians are:
December 14:  Eric Anderson
January 18:  David Hacker
February 15:  Jill Delaney

Film Screening: Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock

November 16, 2017         6-8pm
Looking for a conversation starter for Thanksgiving?  Join us for a screening of AwakeThis documentary  details the defiance of the Standing Rock Sioux, along with the 500 other tribes and multicultural allies of the #NODAPL movement, who captured the world’s attention by leading the peaceful resistance against the Dakota Access pipeline. While many may know the details, Awake will tell the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, the environment and future of the planet.  Join us for an evening of thought and conversation.

Film Screening:  Freedom Fries: And Other Stupidity We’ll Have to Explain to Our Grandchildren

December 07, 2017         6-8pm
Looking for a light conversation starter for December gatherings?  Freedom Fries is a whimsical look at patriotism and consumerism in America. It explores the absurdity of many of the symbolic gestures that have pervaded American culture e.g., wasting of French wine, and shows how these idle gestures stem from our culture of consumption and damages democracy and our humanity.  Join us for an evening of thought and conversation.


Film Screening: The Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ

January  04, 2018         6-8pm
Join us for a screening of Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ. This 43-minute documentary breaks the Doctrine of Discovery down into three sections which can be used for discussion starters at home, work, or in place of faith: History of the Doctrine of Discovery and its basis in Christian theology and scripture; Living the Doctrine of Discovery; Undoing the Doctrine of Discovery. Join us for an evening of thought and conversation.

Film Screening: Smoke Signals

February  04, 2018         6-8pm
Join us for our last film of the winter.  This Sherman Alexie film delves into a circular conversation of past, present, and future.  Arnold (Gary Farmer) rescued Thomas (Evan Adams) from a fire when he was a child. Thomas thinks of Arnold as a hero, while Arnold’s son Victor (Adam Beach) resents his father’s alcoholism, violence and abandonment of his family. Uneasy rivals and friends, Thomas and Victor spend their days killing time on a Coeur d’Alene reservation in Idaho and arguing about their cultural identities. When Arnold dies, the duo set out on a cross-country journey to Phoenix to retrieve Arnold’s ashes.  This film easily leads to thoughtful conversation.


Wild Horse Theology

By Roger Lynn

April 21, 2017, 9:00am:
Theology is often a conversation of the intellect and often inside a building. Wild Horse theology opens you to the sweeping space of the reservation, bidding forth organic theological wonderment. Spend a few hours in the reaches of the reservation visiting an area where horses have recently visited. Participants will have time to reflect, journal, and embody the experience. Afterward, folk will have an opportunity to converse on what they noticed, learned, or considered. We will gather at 9:00am, have dinner at half past noon, and head for the barn at 2pm. Cost is $10/person and $20/family + $2/person over two (for the meal.)

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Volunteer Opportunities

In need of a Summer service project for your organization? JustLiving Farm has a foodbank garden needing weeding and harvesting regularly, as well as many maintenance projects during every season . If you or your group would like to lend a hand with the garden, maintenance, repair, or a new project, please contact dave@justlivingfarm. Stay tuned for additional volunteer opportunities.

Grief In the Holidays: a gathering to navigate grief in the holiday season

Watch for our announcement for places and time for this workshop in the Autumn of 2017.  This is workshop is a time of understanding unique aspects of grief during the fall and winter holidays. While this is a special time of year, it also a time when we miss our people who are no longer with us. Come for a time of learning how to live well during the holidays.

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