So many, many thanks to all of you who dropped by, helped out, and bought things at the Art for All sale this past weekend to support the Gainesville Catholic Worker and our cadre of artists! You can click here to see photos our own Tamra Rich took and posted to her Facebook page (scroll to the bottom to see the photos from the sale). If you didn’t get to visit the sale, but would still like to check out some of our items and do a little holiday shopping, we’ll be out at two places this weekend selling more (see below for more info).
Special thanks too to Diedre Houchen who presented last week’s Roundtable. Diedre’s presentations are always worth seeing and taking part in, and this one as usual engendered good discussion and left an impression. Thanks Diedre! On to what is happening this week…
SECOND CHANCE FOR ART FOR ALL ITEMS: We’ve been invited to bring Art for All items to sell at two different events this weekend, so if you didn’t get a chance to come by last weekend, here’s another chance. On Saturday, from 3-7pm, we’ll have a table at the Winter Art Fair downtown at the Sun Center (the area around the Hippodrome). Kelli and I visited the fair last year and enjoyed the many eclectic offerings. We hope you’ll visit our table and see the other vendors too. On Sunday, from 7:30-10pm at Holy Faith Catholic Church (747 NW 43rd Ave), we’ll have a table during their Christmas concert. The music at the concert is incredible and entry is free. Stop by and see us if you go or if you’re in the area and want to pick up something to support the GCW and our group of artists. Click here to see a sampling of items from Art for All.
NEED TO BORROW A CAMP LANTERN OR BATTERY-POWERED LIGHT: Speaking of the Winter Art Fair, we need some camp lanterns or battery-powered lights to help light our table at the fair. If you have any and can let us borrow them for the weekend, we would be very appreciative. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. Thanks!
GCW MEMBER FEATURED ON BLOG: Vickie Machado, a GCW live-in community member and MA student on religion at UF, was recently featured on the Eco-stewards blog, which highlights the intersection between religion and the environment. You can read her piece, “Some Thoughts on Mindful Living,” by clicking here. The piece grew out of a Roundtable she gave earlier this semester at the house. Congrats Vickie!
END OF THE SEMESTER PRAYER SERVICE AND POTLUCK: We’re grateful for everyone who has contributed to making the GCW work this semester, and we’re holding an “end of the semester” prayer service and potluck dinner to say thank you. The prayer service will begin at 6pm, with the potluck dinner to follow. We especially want to encourage you to attend if you are graduating or moving out of the Gainesville after the semester. We’d like to say a personal thank you to all of those who have helped and especially those who will be moving on to new things in their life. We’ll also be saying a special thanks and giving a special blessing to Daniel Loya who has spent the past semester living with us at the GCW and serving as a member of the live-in community. Come hear and share stories about Daniel! Bring a dish to share if you can!
That’s all for now folks. This is the penultimate week of the Fall 2011 semester at the GCW, so come and help out while we’re still open. We’ll be taking a break during the holidays starting December 19.
Each semester, the GCW welcomes a new group of live-in community members as part of the GCW Semester project, an immersion experience for people interested in living and working at the GCW, exploring the link between faith and justice, experiencing intentional community, and more. This semester, we’ve been really blessed to have Tamra Rich, Daniel Loya and Vickie Machado as part of the program. In the photo above, we’re at our Monday house meeting, studying the book, All the Way To Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin and the Catholic Worker by Lawrence Holben. For more photos of the 3 new community members, click here.
I was just thinking how nice it is that all of these emails/web updates always start out the same. Living at the GCW is an immersion in “giving thanks,” and doing these emails/web updates reminds me of that every week. I spoke to a group of young high school students this past week, justice leaders from Edmund Rice Christian Brothers high schools all across the nation (and in Latin America too!). We talked about the importance of advocacy, what is essential to justice, and why we are called as people of faith to work for social change. One of the closing lines I shared with them was this, which I have heard attributed to a number of different folks throughout the years: “What we cannot do it alone, we can do together.” The GCW reminds me of this every week–none of us could do this alone, but together we can. And for this, I give thanks.
So thanks to TiAnna, Ida and Sarah, who so kindly provided a veritable feast for our small but hungry group of football game watchers on Saturday night. About 12-15 of us gathered throughout the night and the veggie pizza, sausages (yes, if you didn’t make it, you missed one of those rare times when meat was in the house!), Southwestern dip and chips, and homemade cookies really hit the spot! Thanks too to all of our regular volunteers throughout the week, especially you courageous souls that get up and trek over here for Breakfast Brigade each Friday morning!
Lots going on this week:
TONIGHT – LEARN TO CROCHET! Tonight, Monday, at the Green House Knitters, there will be a “class” for folks who want to learn how to crochet. Things start at 7:30pm.
LIVING MINDFULLY ROUNDTABLE: Thursday night, beginning at 6:30pm, we’re excited to have University of Florida professor Whitney Sanford and graduate student in religion Vickie Machado (our very own) co-leading the monthly roundtable discussion on “Mindful Living”. They will lead the conversation with Dr. Sanford’s current work with Gandhian intentional communities as well as Vickie’s summer experience with the environmental faith group, EcoStewards. Hope you can join us! Please bring a dish to share if you can!
MORE ART FOR ALL: This week will be another double dose of art on Saturday, 1-4pm. We’ll have artists on hand to teach multimedia collage and how to make paper crane christmas ornaments.
COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS IN TOWN: The CIW is in town to promote their anti-slavery work with their Museum of Modern-Day Slavery. The group is staying with us at the GCW and we hope y’all will get a chance to connect with them this week. Today they are at UF at the Plaza of the Americas, until 5pm, then a presentation in CSE E222. On Wednesday, they’ll be at Santa Fe College, 9am to 5pm at the Library, with presentations with Santa Fe professors taking place between 11am and 2pm. You can learn more about the CIW by clicking here.
Also, if you have extra blankets, with the dip in temp, some of our folks who live on the streets are starting to think about being prepared for serious cold weather. We typically give out several hundred blankets over the course of the year; if you can drop some off at the house, we would be grateful. Thanks everyone, and we hope to see you this week at the GCW!
Kelli and John
DOUBLE DOSE OF ART: First, the Green House Knitters are in full swing on Monday evenings, 7:30-9:30pm. Come and work on a project of your own, create something for our friends who live on the street (especially for when the weather turns cold), or learn how to knit and crochet. Plus, the Knitters are gearing up for a new project to begin Monday, October 3rd–making amazing rugs out of old t-shirts. THEN… On Saturday, October 1st we are double-booked with artists for Art for All. Fiber artists Mary Peer and Linda Gardner will be teaching “urban flower”-making – creating sweet flowers from salvaged fabric to use as pins or hair decor. And UF Arts major Brittany Acocelli will be starting a painting project. Try to arrive right at 1 to learn to create something beautiful with paint. Flower-creating will be ongoing between 1 and 3:30.
LEARN HOW TO COOK LIKE A GCW CHEF! We’re in need of chefs-in-training for Dorothy’s Farmers Market Cafe on Wednesdays. If you would like to learn to bake delicious bread and create tasty meals form local produce, consider volunteering to be an assistant cafe chef during the month of October. Chefs must be able to start at 9:30am and stay till at least 11:30am on Wednesdays. Contact Kelli with questions or to sign on!
MARK IT DOWN ON YOUR SCHEDULE: We’re very excited to announce our Roundtable for October! Roundtables are happening on the first Thursday of each month this semester, from 6:30-8pm, and include a potluck dinner. University of Florida professor Whitney Sanford and graduate student in religion Vickie Machado (our very own) will be co-leading a roundtable discussion on “Mindful Living”, Thursday, October 6th at the Gainesville Catholic Worker House. They will lead the conversation with Dr. Sanford’s current work with Gandhian intentional communities as well as Vickie’s summer experience with the environmental faith group, EcoStewards. Hope you mark it down for next week and join us!
READY FOR SOME MORE FOOTBALL? We’ll be showing the Gators versus Alabama at 8pm on Saturday night for any guests and friends who want to join us. We’re really grateful to TiAnna and the youth group at Holy Faith Catholic Church for providing some of the food and joining us for the festivities!
Thanks to all of you for your care and support of the Green House. We couldn’t do this work without you. For a list of needs or to make a contribution to hep keep the work going, just drop by or email us. We’re a little stretched right now and welcome any way you can help!
We’re very excited to announce our Roundtable for October! Roundtables are happening on the first Thursday of each month this semester, from 6:30-8pm, and include a potluck dinner.
University of Florida professor Whitney Sanford and gradate student in religion Vickie Machado will be co-leading a roundtable discussion on “Mindful Living”, Thursday, October 6th at the Gainesville Catholic Worker House. They will lead the conversation with Dr. Sanford’s current work with Gandhian intentional communities as well as Vickie’s summer experience with the environmental faith group, EcoStewards. Look for more information o our website in the weeks leading up to the Roundtable.
Please bring a dish to share if you are able.