Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Gather the Spirit: A Multigenerational Program about Stewardship


(In) the early '60's I realized that the world was being turned into a poisonous garbage dump. By the time the meek inherited it, it might not be worth inheriting. — Pete Seeger, folk singer and activist

You can't expect people to fight for a cleaner river unless they learn to love it. — Pete Seeger, folk singer and activist

This workshop lifts up the water stewardship and public education efforts of folk musician, activist and Unitarian Universalist Pete Seeger with a story about the sloop Clearwater , which sails the Hudson River in New York . Clearwater serves as an example of the impact of group action and, along with the workshop's suggested use of music, highlights that working together in stewardship of Earth's resources can be fun. Participants write letters to themselves pledging specific actions of stewardship and/or to promote equitable sharing of Earth's water resources. The River Scene is completed with the addition of paper-constructed boats.


This workshop will:

  • Explore the concept of being called to action
  • Convey that social action can be fulfilling and enjoyable, by introducing Pete Seeger, his music, and his water stewardship efforts since 1969 in the New York Hudson River Valley
  • Encourage participants to pledge specific actions of water resource stewardship.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Experience how working together advances a shared goal
  • Hear a contemporary story of social action and water stewardship;
  • Learn about activist, musician and Unitarian Universalist Pete Seeger
  • Consider how boating affects water resources
  • Commit to specific actions to conserve water, protect water resources and/or promote equitable sharing of Earth's water
  • Optional: Explore the relationship of seeds and water resources.