On Friday, April 20th, Sisters, co-workers, and friends celebrated Earth Day at the Spiritual Center in Marriottsville, Maryland. We enjoyed listening to scholar and educator Laura Anderko, RN, PhD, and nurse consultant Brenda Afzal, MS, RN. Dr. Anderko shared her knowledge of epidemiology, public health and environmental health and Ms. Afzal shared how she recently led an initiative to devlop a national environmental health nursing organization. Attendees participated in a thought-provoking question and answer period about climate change and other environmental issues.
Earth Day Prayer
Whose breath gives life to the world—send your spirit.
We look to the Four Winds:
To the East where Father Sun rises to bring us light for our path.
To the West where he sets giving us darkness to search.
To the South from which Brother Wind sends warmth for Spring and Summer.
To the North from which he sends cold for Fall and Winter.
We send these words to you, hear our prayer, Maheo,
That as we think on light and darkness, and the movement of seasons,
We remember the times we live with and without you in the seasons of life.
Let us love and keep you in all things; let us walk in your beauty all our lives, from the rising to the setting of the sun.
Amen. (from Nicholson Family)