Faith And The Environment

Faith and the Environment at CountrysideFATE3

– Education
– Recycling
– Terracycle
– Advocacy: State and National
– Organic, vegetarian cooking
– Composting and gardening
– Climate Change Lobby
– Divestment in fossil fuels

You can get involved in any of these areas. Visit FATE on FACEBOOK

EARTH UNIVERSITY RETURNS!  Countryside’s F.A.T.E. (Faith and the Environment) group is pleased to offer another six- week series through Earth University beginning May 2 and running for 6 consecutive Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM.  This Spring, the six-week classes will be dedicated to the SOIL.  

“The Earth speaks to me. … The soil, spirit and us, it’s all of a piece. We can know that or we can ignore it. But it is real.”  – Forrest Pritchard, Gaining Ground

May 2 – How Soil Got A Dirty NameThink about how soil has changed from the holy foundation of Genesis to an object manipulated for profit and the role language has played in this transformation.  Speakers for this class are Dr. Eric Elnes, Countryside Church, Imam Jamal Daoudi, AMI and Rabbi Brian Stoller, Temple Israel.

May 9Dirt! The Movie. An astonishing, humorous and substantial look at the glorious and underappreciated ground beneath our feet.

May 16 – The Dance Beneath our Feet.  Soil genesis and the soil food web will be explained in easy to understand language.  More importantly, the exquisite interaction between soil creatures, plants, and weather as described by the speaker will leave you in awe.  Soil degradation and mitigation will also be addressed.  Our presenter will be Ashlee Dere, Ph.D., UNO Geology Department.

May 23 – Going NativeThis class introduces the efficacy of planting native grasses and plants. You will also learn how to make compost from food scraps out your own kitchen, presented by City Sprouts.

May 30 The More Things Change… Take a broad look at our global environmental history and end up in our own backyard with the Great American Dust Bowl.  Creighton University history professor, Adam Sundberg, Ph.D. will be our presenter. 

June 6 –  Field Trip to an Organic Farm… Details TBA

  For additional information on Earth University, contact Mary Beth Link at, Ann Naylor at or Christy Palmer at