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NOURISH

Nourish – is a Grand Rapids area experiment in organic, diverse, authentic community. Gregory is a cofounder and lead facilitator

Nourish aims to revive a version of the tradition of the Salon – ongoing intellectual and social gatherings aimed at discussion, friendship, and community building.

Our activities revolve around three things:

Nourishing the Mind – we discuss ideas, read books and articles together, and engage the issues of culture, religion, politics, and the local community.

Nourishing the Body – food is always involved whether it’s a group dinner or just appetizers and drinks while we talk.

Nourishing Friendships – we socialize, meet new people, and become friends.

Nourish provides a forum for exploring themes of meaning from diverse perspectives, while also having fun and getting to know one another. We’re committed to keeping things simplemeaningful, and welcoming.

ACADEMIC INTERESTS

A former professor and current author, Gregory continues to explore the relationship of culture, politics, economics, and religion. You can read some of his recent work at Nature, Culture, & Religion.

He’s an associate scholar member of the Westar Institute and affiliated with the Progressive Christian Alliance and the Northumbria Community,

He serves on the governing council for the Spiritual Naturalist Society, where he is also a featured writer and a member of the Religious Naturalist Association.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Gregory engages in a variety of service and volunteer opportunities.

He has taught at the Inner City Christian Federation a nonprofit housing corporation committed to the belief that all people deserve safe, clean, affordable housing. Today, Gregory remains active in a variety of Fair Housing issues.

Gregory was a board member of AimWest, the Interactive Association for West Michigan from 2005 to 2010, and is a member of Michigan UXPA.

He has a passion for animal welfare and volunteers at some of the area shelters and rescues. He’s a member and supporter of Mercy for Animals, an organization that advocates for improving the conditions and well-being of animals in factory farming operations and also a supporter of GFI a research organization dedicated to alternative forms of protein production.

Gregory served on the board of directors of the Grand Rapids LGBT Network throughout the late 1990s, and was a co-founder and board member of Hinges, an LGBT professional networking organization, through the early 2000s.

From 2010-2015, he was involved with Michigan for Marriage and Equality Michigan, helping to bring about same-sex marriage at the state and federal levels.

CULTURAL INTERESTS

Gregory has strong ties with Ireland – in addition to his Irish heritage, he lived in Ireland for several years in the 1990s and has been back many times after. His interests include Irish history, Irish culture, and Celtic spirituality.

Currently, he takes occasional classes in the Irish Studies online program at University College Galway (NUI).

He is a member of The Irish American Heritage Center, The Celtic League, and the American Irish Historical Society.

Gregory also dabbles in learning Irish and researching family genealogy.

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Embracing one’s wholeness makes life more demanding – because once you do that, you must live that integrity. We must let our life speak, informing us of who we are, and gladly telling others the same. Our power is in being fully ourselves.

– Parker Palmer, Let your Life Speak

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

– Steve Jobs
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