February 2010 Bartimaeus Institute
February 2010 Ecojustice Institute: A Photo Essay
You can’t save a place you don’t love. You can’t love a place you don’t know. And you can’t know a place about which you haven’t learned.
--opening theme of the February Institute
This was one of our most energetic Institutes yet. Thirty participants studied Luke’s gospel, the Ojai Valley watershed and the life and witness of Sr. Dorothy Stang. Two thirds of the participants were women, and 2/3 under age 35—trends we find encouraging! Highlights included:
Sisters Roseanne Murphy and Judi Clemens represented Dorothy’s order, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and brought wonderful, engaging energy. The Sisters shared personal stories after we watched the film They Killed Sr. Dorothy. Institute artist Meg Lemieur did sketches during the week as themes were discussed, culminating in a portrait of Sr. Dorothy made out of natural material (left; right, the Sisters with Meg).