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Robin Gottfried featured in documentary.

CRE Director, Robin Gottfried, is featured in a new essay style documentary, Money and Life, that considers whether humankind can use the current economic crisis as an opportunity to transition to a sustainable, equitable, and restorative economy. Aiming for a release date in early 2012, one video segment, "Ecologizing Growth" in which Dr. Gottfried appears, is entered into the Possible Futures video contest. (Dr. Gottfried is featured in from minute 2:08-2:19.)

Upcoming Events

September 3: Opening the Book of Nature Retreat

This one day retreat is open to the entire Sewanee Community. We’ll meet at 9:00 am at the Lake Cheston pavillion. The program will end at 4:00 pm. You will need to bring a lunch (hopefully a “sustainable” one), water, journal, and rain gear should the weather be threatening. We’ll do the program rain or shine!

Please contact Joyce Wilding, Program Director at, by Wednesday, August 27 if you’d like to come so we can have an estimate of the number of participants to expect. (However, feel free to come at the last minute.)

September 15: "Eco-Service: The Upbuilding of Creation"
4:30 pm in Gailor Auditorium

The Center will be hosting a lecture (funded in part by the University Lectures Committee) by Frederick W. Krueger, the designer of Opening the Book of Nature, in which he will describe why eco-service is more than just protecting nature and wilderness. It is also how eco-service includes restraint from activities that defile the earth. Eco-service is a bond of kinship with all creation, and the responsibility to act for the general welfare that leaves the earth a better place in our worldly sojourn.

October 28-30 Rediscovering the Natural World.

Retreat at St. Mary’s Sewanee Retreat Center presented by Center board member Professor of Geology Bran Potter. “ On this retreat the Cumberland Plateau will be our laboratory. From our bluff view at the Center we'll discuss the origin of the landscape and note the visible human influence. We will also explore the Lost Cove area, walking the land and enjoying the fall colors. We will learn something of the history of the plateau, its coves, and its human history, and we will take time to reflect on what we have seen and heard. Our context will be the power of the natural world to recall us to some of the truths of our lives and faith.” Click on the following link for more information and registration:

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Sewanee: The University of the South735 University Ave, Sewanee, TN 37383931.598.100035.204826-85.921674