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Norwalk photos: Gratitude

(John Levin)

(John Levin)

NORWALK, Conn. — Four Norwalk faith leaders issued remarks of thanksgiving Monday evening to about 75 people who braved a chilly evening to attend the “Gratitude on the Green” event at the Norwalk Green gazebo.

The Rev. Daniel Simons of St. Paul’s on the Green, Rabbi Ita Paskind of Congregation Beth El, the Rev. Tamara Moreland of the First Congregational Church, and the Rev. Liz Abel of Cornerstone Community Church spoke, and Norwalk resident Audrey Cozzarin read an excerpt from the book “Braiding Sweetgrass,” by indigenous writer Robin Wall Kimmerer, focused on the “Honorable Harvest.”

Attendees were asked to share what they are grateful for, and Martine Bruno, a student at Yale Divinity School, sang John Lennon’s song “Imagine.” A group call-and-response hymn from South Africa was sung, concluding the program, and the First Congregational Church offered guests a bonfire on its steps with a live youth jazz band, hot apple cider and popcorn.

Paper lanterns lit the walkways to “Gratitude on the Green.” (Tracy Craighead)

Despite the cold temperature, approximately 75 people attended. (Rev. Daniel Simons)

Guests were invited to write down and share what they are grateful for. (Rev. Daniel Simons)

Audrey Cozzarin reads a passage from the book “Braiding Sweetgrass.” (Tracy Craighead)

(John Levin)

(John Levin)

Diego Aguilar, with Omega, his Shih Tzu. (John Levin)

A view of the First Congregational Church. The Norwalk River Rowing Association was a partner in “Gratitude on the Green.” (Brenda Jacobsen)

(John Levin)

(Rev. Daniel Simons)

(Brenda Jacobsen)

(John Levin)

(John Levin)

A view of the gazebo, Nov. 22 at “Gratitude on the Green.” (Brenda Jacobsen)

6 comments

Jo Bennett November 25, 2021 at 7:09 am

I am sorry I missed what sounds like a truly nice event! Did anyone capture video? Would love to hear the passage that Audrey read and the divinity student’s rendering of “Imagine.”

Peace this Thanksgiving to all.

Brad Craighead November 25, 2021 at 10:25 am

“Gratitude on The Green !”
It was a fabulous evening despite the bitter cold with expressions of Gratitude led by local religious leaders and civic organizations. A special thank you to the First Taxing District for allowing this important debut event at the Gazebo and we look forward to other Community Building activities led by the FTD and others including the Holiday Tree Lighting to be held next Friday, December 3rd at 7pm.

Brad & Tracy Craighead
Norwalk Green Association

piberman November 25, 2021 at 12:21 pm

A long time close friend who fought in both WWII and the Hungarian Revolution when returning to America used to step aside the gangway coming off the airplane, knee down and kiss the ground. When he stood up passengers would ask “what he was doing”. He would reply “you don’t know what you have here”.

Most every American who has lived and worked abroad has similar thoughts. Yet we take it for granted. We ought always cherish our freedoms. Especially the freedom to read a newspaper and not wonder what is not being reported.

Audrey Cozzarin November 26, 2021 at 1:03 pm

I’m very happy to post here what I feel is the most important excerpt of the reading I gave at Monday’s “Gratitude on the Green” event. It is from the 2013 book “Braiding Sweetgrass” by writer Robin Wall Kimmerer, a Potawatami Nation citizen, about the Honorable Harvest, having regard and respect for the fruits of the earth:
“These are rules of sorts that govern our taking, shape our relationships with the natural world, and rein in our tendency to consume – that the world might be as rich for the seventh generation as it is for our own. The guidelines for the Honorable Harvest are not written down, but if you were to list them, they might look something like this:

Know the ways of the ones who take care of you, so that you may take care of them.
Introduce yourself. Be accountable as the one who comes asking for life.
Ask permission before taking. Abide by the answer.
Never take the first. Never take the last.
Take only what you need.
Take only that which is given.
Never take more than half. Leave some for others.
Harvest in a way that minimizes harm.
Use it respectfully. Never waste what you have taken.
Share.
Give thanks for what you have been given.
Give a gift, in reciprocity for what you have taken.
Sustain the ones who sustain you and the earth will last forever.”

Claire Schoen November 27, 2021 at 9:39 am

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