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Earth Psalter

with Cassidhe Hart and Grant Showalter-Swanson

Friday, March 21, 2025

3-5pm Ireland

11am-1pm Eastern

8-10am Pacific

Program Description

How do we attend to feelings of overwhelm in the midst of climate change? What does it mean to love our homes well as we face environmental collapse? What are the gifts of contemplative liturgy that can sustain us? 

As the prayer book of the Bible, the Book of Psalms moves through the breadth of human experience. Despair, hope, vengeance, gratitude, confusion, anger, joy—all these are included in the Psalms as ways of connecting with Divine presence. The Psalms are also deeply place-centered prayers: natural imagery and a connection to land are threads throughout. All these elements provide fertile ground for reimagining the psalms in the context of climate grief and the call to connect with Creation.

Earth Psalter is an opportunity to explore traditions of psalm composition, experience re-writing a psalm from the perspective of your ecosystem, and reflect together on how the practice of psalm writing might nourish us for the work of ecological justice. 

We will turn on closed captioning during the live Zoom session (which you are able to turn off in your settings if you find distracting) as well as provide a video recording with closed captioning available and a text transcript of the session.

The program will be recorded for those who pre-register but are unable to attend at the scheduled time or who want to view again. You will be sent a notification when this is ready to view.

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Your Guides for the Journey

Cassidhe Hart

Cassidhe Hart

Cassidhe Hart (she/her) wrote her first poem as a toddler with her mother’s help, dictating words onto a yellow scrap of construction paper. She’s been writing ever since. Cassidhe received her B.A. in Communications from Calvin College and her Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her writing has appeared in publications through Bearings Online, 10th Ward Lit, Chalice Press, enfleshed, Taproot Magazine, and Geez Magazine, and she is a member of the Abbey of the Arts Wisdom Council. She lives in Evanston, Illinois, on the shores of Lake Michigan, the original homeland of the Council of the Three Fires.

Grant Showalter-Swanson

Grant Showalter-Swanson (he/him) is currently a Theology and New Testament PhD student and Recruitment Coordinator at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church who serves at Urban Village Church. Raised in Omaha, NE, Grant holds a BA in English from North Central College, a MA in English from Middlebury College, and a Master of Divinity from Garrett. Between degrees, Grant taught sixth grade elementary on the Rosebud Reservation, spent a summer as a Yellowstone Park Ranger, and taught eighth grade Reading/Language Arts at the Chicago Jesuit Academy. Grant and his husband Connor live with their cat-daughter, Nessa, in Chicago, IL. 


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