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Emergence Magazine

Community

Uncertainty in times of crisis breeds fear and anxiety, but it can also uncover opportunities for greater connection and attention to the threads of relationship that so deeply connect us. In asking how best to respond to the crisis at this time, we feel that it is important to find new ways to come together as a community and to create spaces for support, creativity, and inspiration.

We are hosting a variety of new online programs with Emergence staff and contributors, aimed at providing a space where we can connect through the power of story and reflect on the deeper themes emerging at this time. Free of charge, online sessions include: a monthly book club featuring works by contributors; Contributor Conversations with Emergence writers and filmmakers; a bi-weekly Nature Writing Course; and a four-part facilitated workshop on the theme of vulnerability.

One Hundred and Eleven Trees

Last August, Emergence staff writer Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder traveled to Rajasthan, India, to learn about a transformative tree planting project in the village of Piplantri. Hosted by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Chelsea will read an excerpt from her essay One Hundred and Eleven Trees and share her experience reporting for this story in India. The conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, April 1st, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)

Braiding Sweetgrass

The Emergence Magazine Online Book Club will kick off with contributor Robin Wall Kimmerer’s acclaimed, best-selling book Braiding Sweetgrass. Throughout the month of April, participants will meet online once a week to discuss a portion of the book with staff writer Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder. For the final session, Robin Wall Kimmerer will join us in a live conversation and Q&A hosted by author Robert Macfarlane.

Please note that the final session will be a webinar and is open to those who do not participate in the weekly Book Club sessions. You can register for both the weekly sessions and the final webinar below.

Thursday, April 2nd, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)
Thursday, April 9th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)
Thursday, April 16th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)
Thursday, April 23rd, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)

Thursday, April 30th, (Webinar), 12:00-1:00pm (PST)

Embracing Vulnerability and Connection

This four-part workshop will bring together a supportive community and offer tools and practices that members can carry back into their lives. Participants will be guided through practices for connecting to the natural world, invited to respond to writing prompts, given space for facilitated discussion and group reflection, and offered time for stillness. Together, we will explore the ways in which experiences of being vulnerable can present opportunities for seeking a deeper connection with one another and with the nonhuman world.

Saturday, April 4th, 12:00-2:00pm (PST)
Saturday, April 11th, 12:00-2:00pm (PST)
Saturday, April 18th, 12:00-2:00pm (PST)
Saturday, April 25th, 12:00-2:00pm (PST)

Nature Writing Course

This writing course will be an opportunity to explore and develop creative work—non-fiction, fiction, or poetry—in response to given prompts. Held every other Sunday, each session will begin with a short time for reflection and conversation; everyone will then have the opportunity to share all, or part, of their writing with the group for responses, questions, and feedback, as desired. All levels are welcome.

Sunday, April 5th, 12:00-1:30pm (PST)
Sunday, April 19th, 12:00-1:30pm (PST)
Sunday, May 3rd, 12:00-1:30pm (PST)
Sunday, May 17th, 12:00-1:30pm (PST)
Sunday, May 31st, 12:00-1:30pm (PST)
Sunday, June 14th, 12:00-1:30pm (PST)

East to Eden

Acclaimed author Robert Macfarlane penned the introduction and post-script for our reprint of Roger Deakin’s essay, East to Eden, featured in our Trees issue. Hosted by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Robert will read an excerpt from Roger’s essay and discuss the life and legacy of his close friend. The conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, April 8th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)

On Survival: the Dead, the Sapling, and the Ancients

Forest Ecologist Lauren E. Oakes will read an excerpt from her essay On Survival: the Dead, the Sapling, and the Ancients featured in our Trees issue, and discuss her time spent studying the consequences of climate change on a dying community of yellow-cedars in the Alaskan archipelago. The conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, April 15th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

For the month of May, we’ll be reading contributor Robert Macfarlane’s most recent book Underland: A Deep Time Journey, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Participants will meet online once a week to discuss a portion of the book with staff writer Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder. For the final session, Robert will join us in a live conversation and Q&A, hosted by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee.

Thursday, May 7th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)
Thursday, May 14th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)
Thursday, May 21st, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)
Thursday, May 28th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)

The Songs of Trees

For the month of June, we’ll be reading David Haskell’s award-winning book The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors, winner of the John Burroughs Medal for Outstanding Natural History Writing. Participants will meet online once a week to discuss a portion of the book with Emergence staff writer Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder. For the final session, David Haskell will join us for a live conversation and Q&A, hosted by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee.

Thursday, June 4th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)
Thursday, June 11th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)
Thursday, June 18th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)
Thursday, June 25th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)

The Church Forests of Ethiopia (Past)

Author Fred Bahnson and filmmaker Jeremy Seifert kick off the first session in our Contributor Conversation series. The two collaborated to create the story The Church Forests of Ethiopia: A Mystical Geography for our recent Trees issue, as well as On The Road with Thomas Merton for last year’s Faith issue. Hosted by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Executive Editor of Emergence, Fred will read an excerpt from his essay and Jeremy will share his creative process behind shooting and directing the film. The live conversation will also include a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Wednesday, March 25th, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)