QUAKER EARTHCARE WITNESS IN 2018

QEW Steering Committee Meeting

THE UNITED NATIONS Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) frightening report provoked new conversations and realizations about the terrifying realities of climate disruption  and the urgency of our committed action. With each new study or news story, we at Quaker Earthcare Witness reaffirm the power of our vision, “to search for that life which affirms the unity of all Creation,” and “to participate in the healing of the Earth.” We are summoning our own spiritual power and helping each other move toward faithful action.
In October, the Quaker Earthcare Witness Steering Committee met at the Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way, WA, on traditional lands of the Coast Salish people, with renewed energy and a plan to strengthen our work in the year to come.

In 2018, Quaker Earthcare Witness has:

  • Produced four issues of Befriending Creation that we hope inspires reflection and action;
  • Funded meetings’ and organizations’ environmental projects throughout all branches of Quakerism with mini-grants;
  • Sponsored a forum on water and the African Diaspora in New York City, affiliated with the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent;
  • Promoted and coordinated participation in the Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice march;
  • Hosted the Earthcare Center at the Friends General Conference Gathering;
  • Written new pamphlets on climate change, eco-justice, and population concerns;
  • Updated our Earthcare for Children curriculum for First Day Schools;
  • Visited monthly and yearly meetings, offering workshops and presentations.

How can you and your meeting get involved in 2019?

  • Share your Earthcare ministry with us. What projects is your meeting working on? What concerns do you hold?
  • Share BeFriending Creation—display it at your meetinghouse.
  • Become a Quaker Earthcare Witness representative for your yearly meeting. Each yearly meeting nominates one or two representatives to be a liaison between our group and Friends in your region.
  • Start an Earthcare group at your meeting. We have the tools to help you get started.
  • Use Quaker Earthcare Witness materials in your First Day school.
  • Share our literature, like pamphlets on key environmental issues, with your meeting, and at special events.
  • Apply for a Mini-Grant to support a project.
  • Make a donation on your meeting’s behalf to support our work.

Join us to be part of a Friendly response to climate disruption as we create an ecologically sound future rooted in justice and respect for Creation.  

Contact us at shelley@quakerearthcare.org or call 510-542-9606 to get involved.

Join us to be part of a Friendly response to climate disruption as we create an ecologically sound future rooted in justice and respect for Creation.