Quaker Earthcare Witness is different from organizations that come from a purely environmental standpoint in that we seek to improve our relationship with Earth by living out right relationship with all of creation. We feel that a spiritual need rests at the heart of our current environmental crises and that by applying Friends’ ways and testimonies, we can bring a voice of connection, reflection, deepening, and right action to today’s environmental concerns.
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This section of our website offers ideas and inspiration for Friends and caring others who want to deepen their spiritual understanding and practice in relation to their care of Earth. Here you can learn more about Friends’ ways and practices, explore ideas around eco-spirituality, find tools that can help you deepen your own spiritual connection with Earth, and find out more about the 5 Purposes.
When I was a little girl, I often sat beside my Great-Grandma Roos and listened to her stories of
living in Chickasha, Oklahoma just before and after the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893. This was Indian territory, and all those in and around the small settlement coexisted peaceably. She described watching the tribal leaders coming into town for “great pow-wows,” sitting close enough to the dignified procession that she could feel the puff of the air stirred up by the wagons rolling by.
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars.” “The Cosmos is in us. We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” -Carl Sagan
Like astronomer Carl Sagan and Friends who celebrate their unity with nature, Buddhists know that separation of humans from nature is an artificial construct. My Buddhist and Quaker Earthcare practices are in full harmonic resonance.
I experienced a great shot of inspiration and hope from the September People’s Climate March in New York —not just from the sheer size of the turnout (400,000!), but also from the diversity of the organizers and the participants. Marchers were like the city of New York itself—incredibly diverse according to race, ethnicity, age, and class. Hardcore labor activists marched with lab-coated scientists, Buddhists marched with Evangelicals (and even quite a few Quakers), and cowboys marched with Indians (the Cowboy Indian Alliance, or C.I.A.).