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Upcoming Events

September 23, 2021 (1-4pm) - Permaculture Institute of Chicago Workshop

The Center for Ecological Regeneration and sustainGETS invite Garrett students, faculty, and staff to a permaculture instruction workshop offered by the Permaculture Institute of Chicago. The workshop will be led by Dr. Pancho McFarland, Professor of Sociology at Chicago State University. Dr. McFarland specializes in Chicanas/os studies, Hip-Hop, Sociology of Food, Social Movements, and Permaculture Design. Permaculture is a "design method for creating regenerative human settlement systems based in natural patterns and processes" ( The permaculture ethics of earth care, people care, and fair share are expressed through design principles and practices rooted in ecological, holistic, systems, and indigenous wisdoms. The workshop is part of the ETH-657 Regenerative Ethics course but open to all Garrett students, staff, and faculty. If you would like to participate, please email for more details. 

September 25, 2021 - Campus Foraging

Join sustainGETS and our guest Dave Odd of Odd Produce on a foraging walk around Northwestern’s campus. Be ready to walk for about 2 hours as Dave teaches us to identify the edible and medicinal plants in our midst. Meet outside the front entrance of Garrett and wear comfortable shoes!  For additional information please contact sustainGETS coordinator To learn more about Dave Odd and Odd Produce see

October 8-10, 2021 - Caring for Common Ground Workshop 

Caring for Common Ground is a collaboration between Holy Wisdom Monastery and the Earth Partnership ecological restoration education program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to bring people of different faith and spiritual perspectives together around land care practices. A cohort of Garrett faculty, staff, and students will be participating in this 3-day workshop in Wisconsin, which will include conversations at the intersections of faith and contemplative spirituality, ethics and environmental care, hands-on experience in land care, strategies for engaging others in spiritual ecological action, and reflection and fellowship. For those who would like to join the Garrett cohort, please contact Additional details and registration information (by Sept. 24) can be found here.  (SOLD OUT)

October 14–16, 2021 - Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship

Rooted and Grounded is an annual gathering at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, IN oriented around issues of land stewardship and Christian discipleship. This year's focus is Land: Loss, Connection and Imagination and will include reflection on geography, place, severances from the land, and regenerative practices of resistance, collaboration, and hope. Garrett-Evangelical's Timothy Eberhart will be one of the keynote speakers on Friday, Oct. 15. To learn more about the conference and access registration information, see here.

Previous Events

March 11, 2021 | sustainGETS Day of Advocacy and Prayer

sustainGETS Day of Advocacy and Prayer  |  March 11, 2021  |  11:00 a.m.

Alongside thousands of faith communities across the globe we will engage in acts of advocacy and prayer on behalf of the health of the land and her people. Join sustainGETS in advocating against the Line 3 pipeline that threatens the land and waters in Anishinaabe territories, also known as Minnesota and for a just transition from fossil fuels. We will join in prayer and advocacy from our own homes, offices, etc. at 11:00 a.m., the eleventh hour, marking the urgency of climate justice. 

February 17, 2021 | Conversation with Dr. Carolyn Finney

SustainGETS invites you to join us in attending this event hosted by Chicago Wilderness on February 17 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (CST).  Dr. Carolyn Finney seeks to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action. There will be time toward the end for questions and answers. 

April 22, 2020 | Online Earth Day Worship

Join sustainGETS and the Art Committee at 6pm on Wednesday, April 22 for online worship and artistic expression

April 17 and 18, 2020 | Online Workshop: Active Hope: Resilience and Spiritual Wisdom in Troubling Times with Kathleen Rude

Join sustainGETS on Friday, April 17th, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday April 18th, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for a time of connection, learning, and reflection in this troubling time. In this free, online workshop, we will move through the spiral of Joanna Macy's The Work That Reconnects and reflect on our interdependence with all life. Judeo-Christian teachings, inspiration and wisdom will also inform our time together. Through this exploration, we will cultivate and strengthen our resilience to engage with the climate crisis, this global pandemic, upcoming elections, environmental and social injustice, and turmoil in our lives.

This retreat includes experiential practices, movement, inspirational readings, and simple rituals. It’s engaging, invigorating and gives you tools for dealing with the challenges of living in difficult times. We'll also take plenty of regenerative breaks in this online-only session!

Questions and concerns can be directed to Audra Hudson,

February 20, 2020 | "Caring about Climate: A Response to Denial and Despair" Lecture with Douglas Kaufman

As part of an ongoing conversation around theological responses to environmental degradation, sustainGETS is sponsoring a lecture by Douglas Kaufman about pastoral responses to climate change. His talk focuses on confronting denial and despair around the climate crisis and draws from Anabaptist theology and medieval mysticism.

Douglas is the director of pastoral ecology at the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, pastor of Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN, and is completing a Th.M. in ecology at the University of Toronto. The lecture will be at 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, February 20th, in Room 205. After the lecture, everyone is invited to join sustainGETS and Douglas for a more informal conversation over lunch.

November 20, 2019 | Community Table Liturgy Chapel Service

Community Worship and Community Meal will be combined on November 20th, with sustainGETS and the Genesis Collective leading a table celebration that integrates worship and fellowship. Join us for the meal and liturgy at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful. As always, children are welcome to join us!

November 15, 2019 | sustainGETS Wetland Restoration Workshop

Join sustainGETS on Friday, November 15th, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. as we envision ways to heal degraded landscapes and improve our relationships with non-human creation. 

We will learn about scientific tools, methods, thoughts, and assumptions behind modern environmental remediation practices through a look at the history of remediation work at Bluff Spring Fen, in Elgin IL. After a brief talk about the history of remediation and land use at the site, participants will travel to Bluff Spring Fen to see the results of modern remediation techniques and continued challenges for large scale land restoration.

Please email to RSVP and with any questions or accessibility concerns.

October 11, 2019 | Permaculture Design Workshop

Join sustainGETS on Friday, October 11th, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in learning about permaculture, a set of principles and practices to design ecologically regenerative gardens, systems, and communities. We will visit Evanston's Eggleston Park Food Forest to learn about permaculture principles at work and engage in a hands-on "permablitz," transforming a portion of a local yard into a native ecosystem.

If you'd like to attend this FREE workshop, please RSVP to More details (including the address of the "permablitz" location) will be sent to those who sign up.

October 2, 2019 | Garrett Bicycle Repair and Sale

On Wednesday, October 2nd, sustainGETS and Sacred Worth are partnering with The Recyclery to host a bike pop-up from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We will offer free mechanic services to prepare your bicycles for the fall and winter season and  a used bicycle sale for those looking to purchase a refurbished used bike.  All of the proceeds from the sale will go directly to The Recyclery, a nonprofit located in Roger’s Park that focuses on providing bicycles to low-income folks and refugees and is committed to LGBTQ+ inclusion within the bicycle community.

September 20, 2019 | Evanston Demonstration of the Global Climate Strike

Join sustainGETS on Friday, September 20th, in attending the Evanston demonstration of the Global Climate Strike, a week-long protest of climate injustice led by youth world-wide. The Garrett community will support Evanston Township High School students in their 3:00 p.m. demonstration at Fountain Square.

We are looking to contribute our ministerial presence by wearing business clothing and clerical symbols (collars, stoles, etc.). SustainGETS will also provide pins and protest signs accentuating the theological dynamics of climate crisis.

Those interested in attending can meet on the front steps of the Main Building at 2:30 p.m. for a short prayer before proceeding to the demonstration.