GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER: The man who talks with flowers

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

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The Man Who Talks with the Flowers: The Ahhhhh–mazing Life of Dr. George Washington Carver

How do I talk to a little flower?
Through it I talk to the Infinite. And what is the Infinite?
It’s that still small voice that calls up the fairies.

-G.W. Carver

It’s not just about the peanuts!  Yes, George Washington Carver was the one who discovered over 300 uses for the peanut and over 150 uses for the sweet potato. You may even remember him as a renowned agricultural scientist, a black man who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who always wore a flower in the button hole of his jacket—the old, scruffy, black one he bought for $2.00. 

But what you may not know is just how he could see into the soul of things to discover all those uses for the peanut and sweep potato, and to receive the flower’s secrets through that still small voice that calls up "the fairies."  A clue: he understood deeply that, “It’s not we little men who do the work but our blessed Creator working through us.”  And, as a result, he intimately knew, “There’s literally nothing that I ever wanted to do that I asked the blessed Creator to help me do that I’ve not been able to accomplish. It’s all very simple if one knows how to talk with the Creator.” 

In this Day Apart Together in-person, in celebration of Black History Month and as part of our Voices and Stories series, we’ll allow the spirit of George Washington Carver to speak.  We will use walking practice, Christian mantra, simple circle dance, journaling and sharing to explore just how Carver was able to talk with his Creator, allowing him to see into the soul of things, like the flower and the peanut, indeed, into all creation. And, along the way, we’ll discover the three keys he named as essential to being able to hear that still small voice that calls up the fairies . . . again and again. 

Carver did it and so can we.

Registration Fee for the day at Rolling Ridge: $75 

About the leader(s)

Stephanie Rutt

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt was founding Minister of the Tree of Life Interfaith Temple in Milford, NH, director of the Tree of Life School for Sacred Living and creator of the Tree of Life Interfaith Seminary. Through the School for Sacred Living she has offered numerous sacred studies courses, classes and workshops locally as well as to national conferences sponsored by World AWAKE (formally The World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy) and the Haden Institute. She has appeared on the TEDx stage and is the author of five books including, Living the Prayer of Jesus: A Study of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic released by Wipf and Stock Publishers. All of her work seeks to embody unity within diversity, reveal how the great spiritual truths show up everywhere in daily experience, and to awaken an unchecked ecstatic cry for the One called by many names.

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