Welcome to our second week together. As we move through fall I am reminded of my own land based understandings of this season. As Mother Earth readies herself for the coming winter we see the natural world lose its vibrancy and seemingly retreat from the harshness of winter. However, we can also see the retreat as preparation and perseverance as well. Fall is the time when in spite of what may come, we step forward and accept the challenge. We gather ourselves together, and settle in to a new way of being in the world. For this week of fall let’s work on perseverance in being an ally.