Voices from Bears Ears: Seeking Common Ground on Sacred Land

Rebecca Robinson and Stephen Strom with Toby McLeod


Event Details

  • Date:
  • Venue: Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church
    11445 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA, 94956, United States
  • Venue: Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church
  • Cost: $10 suggested donation, benefits Friends of Cedar Mesa

~Co-sponsored by Point Reyes Books~

Journalist Rebecca Robinson and photographer Stephen Strom visit Point Reyes to discuss their collaborative work, Voices from Bears Ears: Seeking Common Ground on Sacred Ground, in conversation with filmmaker Toby McLeod. You can purchase their book on Pt Reyes Books website.

This event benefits the Friends of Cedar Mesa, an organization based in Bluff, Utah, that works to ensure that the public lands in San Juan County, with all their cultural and natural values, are respected and protected.

About Voices from Bears Ears
A land rich in human history and unsurpassed in natural beauty, Bears Ears is at the heart of a national debate over the future of public lands.  Journalist Rebecca Robinson provides context and perspective for understanding the ongoing debate and humanizes the abstract issues at the center of the debate. Interwoven with these stories are photographs of the interviewees and the land they consider sacred by photographer Stephen E. Strom. Through word and image, Rebecca and Stephen allow us to both hear and see the people whose lives are intertwined with this special place.

Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson is a Portland, Oregon-based writer. She has written for numerous print and online news outlets about crime, education, health care, social entrepreneurs, California’s prisons, state and federal medical marijuana laws, and homelessness, among other topics. She began her work on the manuscript for Views from the Colorado Plateau at the 2015 Fishtrap Summer Gathering of Writers. Currently a freelancer, Rebecca previously worked as a staff writer for Monterey County Weekly and a radio producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Stephen Strom

Stephen Strom spent 45 years as a research astronomer after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in astronomy from Harvard. He began photographing in 1978, after studying the history of photography and silver and non-silver photography at the University of Arizona. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and is held in several permanent collections, including the Center for Creative Photography and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. His photography complements poems and essays in three books published by the University of Arizona Press–Secrets from the Center of the World, Sonoita Plain, and Tseyi / Deep in the Rock—and Otero Mesa (University of New Mexico Press, 2008). A monograph, Earth Forms, was published in 2009 by Dewi Lewis Publishing.

Geography of Hope

In 2019, Geography of Hope is expanding from a one-weekend event to a year-long series of gatherings, pilgrimages, film screenings, conversations and art exhibits that explore the theme of “The Sacred in the Land.”

More Upcoming Offerings

Sep 5

This Sacred Land: Images & Words from Point Reyes Art Show with Todd Pickering & Point Reyes Community Members

Sep 8

Standing on Sacred Ground: Fire & Ice Toby McLeod & Corrina Gould

Sep 13

An Evening with Sharon Blackie Transforming Stories: The Fine Art of Shapeshifting

Sep 14

Sharon Blackie What Ails Thee? Myth, Fairy Tales and the Post-heroic Journey

Sep 14

Full Moon Fire Circle at Commonweal Garden in Bolinas

Sep 29

Sacred in the Land: Seasonal Pilgrimages Kate Bunney and Walking Water Team

Oct 13

Full Moon Fire Circle at Commonweal Garden in Bolinas

Oct 25

Acorns to Oaks: Weekend Retreat for Young Leaders Katia Sol & Christopher Kuntzsch

Oct 27

Pilgrimage as a Path of Peacemaking Kayleen Asbo with Catherine Braslavsky

Nov 15

Natural Rhythms Concert Terry Garthwaite, Becky Reardon & Elise Witt

Nov 16

Standing on Sacred Ground: Islands of Sanctuary Toby McLeod & Kailea Frederick

Dec 15

Sacred in the Land: Seasonal Pilgrimages Kate Bunney and Walking Water Team