Religious Life on campus has a rich history of aiding students and HWS community members with spiritual guidance, personal ease and mental strength. But this semester, Religious Life is also doing its part for the planet.
In addition to focusing on sustainable, eco-friendly living, Chaplain Lesley Adams says that the office will also ask, “How do we sustain ourselves amidst the competing demands of HWS life” and “How do we sustain community and diversity?” To answer these questions, many of the upcoming Religious Life events will examine ways that the Colleges’ community can further its eco-friendliness while keeping in mind our own bodies and well-being
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, this year’s Campus Peer Ministry Training will do its part in sustaining the campus. “Campus Peer Ministers learn skills for being ‘good neighbors,'” the Religious Life newsletter explains. “The training program teaches us how to be better listeners, to help others discern solutions to problems, to include those who do not yet belong, etc.” If you are interested in becoming a Campus Peer Minister, contact Chaplain Adams.
Honing the Colleges’ green thumb, HWS community members can go apple-picking at a Finger Lakes region orchard on Saturday, Sept. 20. Participants will have the chance to join new and old friends at the orchard and then help bake apple pies at the Chaplain’s Residence for the Geneva Community Lunch Program.
Throughout the semester, Religious Life will also sponsor two continuous events, “Fair Fare: Think Global, Eat Local” and “Sustainable Saturdays.”
“Fair Fare: Think Global, Eat Local” is a Reader’s College offered by Adams and Professor of History Susanne McNally. In the course, students will begin by reading Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry’s Grub. Then, students will ‘rewrite’ the second half of the book, developing menus and recipes for sustainable meals in temperate climates, providing references for where to find locally grown, organic and fair trade products in the Geneva area. Student teams will prepare a sustainable meal for each class.
On “Sustainable Saturdays,” participants will take a variety of field trips to local orchards and farms, learn to make and preserve local foods, and have fun in the process. Events include apple-picking, a locally organic Pasta Night and tours of local farms.
So whether its “pitching in” to the new HWS no-sort recycling bins or leaving your comfort zone to go apple-picking, join the Chaplain, Religious Life and the Colleges in becoming a more sustainable and sustaining place to live.
To find a full list of the events offer by Religious Life, click here.