53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Event:PROVIDENCE ARBORETUM-A LIVING ICON: BLESSING, DEDICATION AND CELEBRATION
Date:June 12th, 2016.
Category/Categories:Spirituality of the Environment

“…icons…are created for the sole purpose of offering access, through the gate of the visible, to the mystery of the invisible. An icon is like a window looking out upon eternity.”  Henri J. M. Nouwen

More than forty years of devotion to this land will reach a culmination point as we gather to dedicate the Genesis grounds as Providence Arboretum, a living icon. We will tell the stories of the trees – more than 400 species of woody plants and more than 160 memorial plantings – as we stroll the grounds and bathe in the Goodness of this Earth which God has formed. And in keeping with our tradition in which after forty days, or forty years, something new happens - from this moment in time, we will cast a vision for the next epoch of creation unfolding in this place, an icon for generations to come.

2:00 – 4:30pm   There is no cost for this event. Free-will offerings will support the care and maintenance of Providence Arboretum.  Please call 413-562-3627 to RSVP.


It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.
- Mahatma Gandhi