Share Your Vision: Help us with the next BeFriending Creation

Friends,

How are you feeling right now?

We’ve heard from many that they are feeling overwhelmed and scared, but also engaged and fired-up.

How are we doing at Quaker Earthcare Witness? As a mostly volunteer organization, it could be easy for us to feel under-resourced in the face of the mounting challenges to our democracy, our communities, and our planet. Yet as a growing network of Friends across North America, we feel strong and motivated. Thank you.

In times of such turmoil, there is the likelihood of radical change—for better or for worse. We need to hold on to a vision of radical change for the better.

Together we must continue to engage in daily actions that protect the vulnerable and our earth while moving forward toward a world in right relationship with Creation.

What does that look like?

For the March/April issue of our newsletter, BeFriending Creation, we are asking you to ponder and answer this question and the questions below. We want to gather Friends’ voices and serve as a resource for sharing our collective wisdom. We also want our work this year to be grounded in the responses we receive, so please, respond and share widely.

We are looking for letters, articles (300–700 words), quotes, poems, and photographs that respond to the following queries:

• In the context of this current moment, what do the following words mean to you? “WE ARE CALLED to live in right relationship with all Creation, recognizing that the entire world is interconnected and is a manifestation of God.” (From QEW’s vision statement)

• How do we move toward that vision? What are you doing in your community?

• What can we offer as QEW? As Friends? What are you offering?

Help us by sharing your vision and adding your voice to this vital conversation. Send your work or any questions to hayley@quakerearthcare.org by February 15th.

Thank you,

Shelley Tanenbaum and Hayley Hathaway