The Seed Keeper

Monthly on the 1st Sunday 3:00 PM to Sunday, August 7, 2022 4:30 PM

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Our Sunday book study takes a "novel" turn this summer as we look at Diane Wilson's The Seed Keeper. This haunting novel spans several generations and follows a Dakhóta family’s struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most.

Rosalie Iron Wing has grown up in the woods with her father, Ray, a former science teacher who tells her stories of plants, of the stars, of the origins of the Dakhóta people. Until, one morning, Ray doesn’t return from checking his traps. Told she has no family, Rosalie is sent to live with a foster family.  On a winter’s day many years later, Rosalie returns to her childhood home to confront the past, on a search for family, identity, and a community where she can finally belong.  Weaving together the voices of four indelible women, The Seed Keeper is a beautifully told story of reawakening, of remembering our original relationship to the seeds and, through them, to our ancestors.

The group will meet ONLINE on the first and third Sundays of the summer from 3:00-4:30 to discuss our reactions to this indigenous story.

On Saturday, September 24th at 2 pm eastern, Diane Wilson will be the featured ONLINE plenary speaker at our upcoming eco-spiritual retreat focused on our spiritual connection with the land.  More information will be coming.

READING SCHEDULE for The Seed Keeper:
- Sunday, June 19 = Prologue through Chapter 6  (pp. 1-68)
- Sunday, July 3 = Chapter 7-12 (pp. 69-143)
- Sunday, July 17 = Chapter 13-19 (pp. 146-210)
- Sunday, August 7 = Chapter 20-27 (pp. 211-285)
- Sunday, August 21 = Chapter 28-36 (pp. 289-359)

While there is no charge for this book study, your generous donation will allow Rolling Ridge to continue offering spiritual opportunities to encourage and support those who are seeking a touch of the Divine during these challenging times.  Thank you for your support and partnership in this important work.

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About the leader(s)

Lawrence Jay

As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Jay works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality.  He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation.  A trained spiritual director and ordained American Baptist pastor, Larry (as he is known by friends) is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, American Baptist Seminary of the West, and the Gateways to God Missional Spiritual Direction Program.  Eco-spirituality is his passion (and was his doctoral dissertation), encouraging everyone to live into the fullness of our connection with nature, God, and all people.