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Life Skills Lecture

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Laudato Si - Caring for God's Garden

 based on Pope Francis’ second encyclical Laudato Si’

October 4th, 2017

Doors open at 6:30pm

Presentation 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Refreshments will be served


Brushwood Center

Ryerson Woods

21850 N. Riverwoods Road

Riverwoods, IL

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Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

Located in the Ryerson family historic home among pristine woodlands, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods promotes the importance of nature for nurturing personal and community well-being, cultivating creativity and inspiring learning. In so doing, we honor the legacy of those who came before us on this land and champion a region where people will care about and for nature.   


Feel free to come early to see Brushwood Center's art exhibit, Fiddlehead Suite: Macro Photography by Ilze Arajswhich runs October 1 – November 5, 2017.  For more information click here

Life Skills Lecture Presenters: 

Dr. Elizabeth Nagel

Professor of Sacred Scriptures in Catholic Seminaries

Dr. Elizabeth Nagel will discuss how we are all stewards of God’s Garden and the biblical basis and guiding principles of Laudato Si.  She will review Biodiversity and how all of creation is good, every person and every element of creation plays a role and how every choice impacts the rest of creation.

Sandy Washburn

Retired teacher, master gardener, and board member of Wild Ones

We may not all be gardeners, but we can be!  Sandy Washburn will present the benefits of using native plants in our landscapes, one of the many strategies of becoming stewards of our earth.  She will review what are native plants, how they can be used, why they are good choices and resources on how to get started.


Join us for refreshments, friendship, and a wonderful presentation!

“The human family has received from the Creator a common gift:  Nature”

- Pope Francis, Laudato Si


“If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.”

–  St. Francis of Assisi

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