World Quaker Day at Hill House Meeting, Ghana

October 6th is World Quaker Day, and many Friends and their respective meetings around the world gathered around the climate-conscious theme of “Sustainability: planting seeds of renewal for the world we love”.

Hill House Meeting in Ghana started by discussing a range of questions to engage with what sustainability is and how it connects to Quaker testimonies, from which in particular arose the importance of the future, of planning ahead and considering generations to come. This is expressed in a Ghanaian proverb that says ‘dea wodua na wobu’ – meaning you reap what you sow. So if you plant good seeds (good ideas) you will have good results (expression of love and care) for the future. Other items discussed ranged from good governance to land tenure and electricity production. Ultimately this translated in Hill House Meeting committing to more environmental practices as a community and as individuals.

Friends World Committee for Consultation, which has supported the meetings celebrating World Quaker Day has further information specifically about Hill House Meeting and how Quakers around the world joined in on celebrations with a focus on sustainability.

Nothing Lowly in the Universe: an Integral Approach to the Ecological Crisis

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Nothing Lowly in the Universe: An Integral Approach to the Ecological Crisis explores the connections between the scientific, technological, economic, cultural, psychological and religious forces driving the crisis and shows how we can transform the ways of thinking and living that got us here. Drawing on the Quaker testimonies of integrity, reciprocity, nonviolence, simplicity, and the fundamental equality of the whole earth community, on other wisdom traditions, and on the work of visionaries from Gandhi and Arne Naess to E.F. Schumacher and Thomas Berry, Jennie M. Ratcliffe explores the spiritual principles of an integrated deep ecology, economy and peace, and shows how they are being put into practice around the world.

Jennie M. Ratcliffe is an environmental research scientist, Quaker, and activist. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and is a long-time member of Durham Friends Meeting (NC). She has worked for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Universities of London and North Carolina, and has been active in peace, social and ecological concerns for many years in the Quaker community and beyond.

$27.00 (U.S.) ISBN: 978-1-7336600-0-6

The Crundale Press, Hillsborough NC (imprint).

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For further information please contact: TheCrundalePress@mindspring.com

Can veganism be part of a Quaker approach to climate change?

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Quaker Values and a Vegan Future.

An attender of Stourbridge and Hampstead Meetings, Britain, Rajan is very interested in exploring ways in which the powerful, core values of Quakerism might find better expression and implementation among Quakers and others. He believes a conscientious, proactive reduction in our routine exploitation of other animal species is one very good place to start.

Rajan warmly encourages everyone to find some small area of activism in their life and make that their own area of cultivation, development and exploration.

Read Rajan’s article here.

 

In Memory of an Important Activist, Alan Burns

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Today, and for the duration of the COP 24 we will be holding Friend Alan Burns in the light. Alan passed away on the 11th of November whilst carrying out a pilgrimage from the Vatican to Katowice. More information about Alan is available on his blog. To hear about the pilgrims who have continued their walk, more information is available on the Facebook page.

We thank Liz for writing this post and sharing it with us.

“Many of you know that my husband Alan Burns has been in Europe for the past several months on a pilgrimage to raise awareness about climate change. He and a group of fellow activists were walking from Rome to Katowice Poland in time for the Climate Conference. I received news Sunday morning that Alan had died while the pilgrims were in Slovenia. Please hold Alan, his family, and his friends in the light as we process this transition, and do whatever is in your power to continue his work to avert the worst catastrophe this planet has faced. Alan was a kind soul and a tireless worker for peace, justice, and equality; he lived his life as he hoped others would, and I think died doing exactly what he wanted to be doing – helping the save the world.”  

We are grateful to Alan for his life and his unwavering light given to the important issue of climate change which is also close to our own hearts.

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Quaker Earthcare Witness

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Quaker Earthcare Witness is a network of Friends in North America, Australia and elsewhere who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective.

Australia Yearly Meeting’s Earthcare Committee

Australia Yearly Meeting’s Earthcare Committee shares insights and tools to better navigate and nourish in these times of change and global environmental challenge.

The AYM Earthcare Committee meets regularly to listen and respond to our local natural world, as well as tending to national considerations. We are aware that so many are doing so much to learn and teach about the earth’s troubles, that everyone is responding with care for our earth’s concerns, and we seek ways to bring about healing, and support earthcare initiatives.

To read the Australia Yearly Meeting Earthcare Statement go here: https://www.quakersaustralia.info/Earthcare

Australia Yearly Meeting’s Earthcare Committee Newsletters

The Earthcare Committee’s Newsletter are offered as opportunities, aimed at giving us time and space to reflect on the footprints we leave on this earth and how we might walk more mindfully on our land. The newsletters may be found here: https://www.quakersaustralia.info/Earthcare/earthcare-invitation-newsletters-0

Earthcare Witness Publications

Quaker Earthcare Witness produces a quarterly print and online publication, BeFriending Creation, that highlights Friends’ Earthcare concerns through articles, interviews, book reviews and news items.

QEW has also produced dozens of pamphlets on environmental concerns, including issues of peace, spirituality, population, climate change, energy, sustainability, eco-justice, money simplicity, food, and water. They are downloadable and can be shared with your Meeting.

A few highlights include:

Quaker Earthcare Witness also offers matching $500 grants for Earthcare projects in your Quaker community.

BeFriending Creation

BeFriending Creation is the printed journal of Quaker Earthcare Witness. There is also a version of BeFriending Creation sent out to email subscribers.

BeFriending Creation is published quarterly: January-February-March, April-May-June, July-August-September, October-November-December.

Submissions are welcomed from readers!

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