Newsletter Updates for the Week of April 10, 2017

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Welcome from Haywood Street:

Thursday was a Hospitality Room workday. Thanks to those who participated in the cleaning, painting and moving all around!

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> There are a few more spots open for the spring hike (April 27-30). See sign up sheet in the lobby.

> Mark you calendars for the Garden Kickoff Party! May 21, 3:00-5:00. Click for more information.

> Full details including agenda have been published for our upcoming “Ministry WITH” training workshop, May 24-27.  Learn more.

> Companion Reflection: Monday, April 17th, 5:15 – 7:15 p.m. All companions are invited to join Mark and Emily for a community reflection time in the dining room. We would like to begin these quarterly gatherings by reflecting on the word “companion” itself.  Please consider the following two questions between now and the 17th: 1. When have you experienced the gift of a good companion? 2. What have you learned about companionship through your time at Haywood Street?  Dinner will be provided!

A Haywood Reflection from Steve:

Honeybees Offer Important Lessons

As I was installing the two honeybee hives at Haywood, I was thinking about how amazing these little creatures are. As a great service to humanity, they provide critical pollination to so many edible crops that we depend on and feed our sweet tooth with their honey. But they really do much more than this.

They provide an example of self-sacrifice and altruism for the betterment of their fellow bees. They totally depend on each other for their survival and are entirely self-sufficient. They feed their queen and all their young developing larvae with nectar and pollen that they have collected. They all take their turn as nurse bees, foragers, and protectors of the hive. During the winter they form a cluster of living bees that serve as insulation to protect the queen and their other workers from cold throughout the winter.

Sometimes we humans get very smug about how “advanced” we are, but unfortunately our species can display some very bad qualities like greed, excessive pride, dishonesty, power mongering, entitlement, and arrogance. Maybe we should be taking some lessons from bees and be kinder, more altruistic, and less self-centered. Wouldn’t our “hive” function better if we did?

As an aside, honeybees can totally exist without humans. In fact, they would probably be much better off without us. We have been poisoning them with our pesticides.  I think of honeybees as the “canaries in the coal mine”.  If they are declining because of environmental degradation by us just maybe this is a sign that we too should be more concerned about how our environment is being compromised. After all, we are sharing Mother Earth with honeybees and other creatures and have the responsibility to ourselves and the next generations to be a responsible steward.

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