BeFriending Creation

Quarterly newsletter of Quaker Earthcare Witness

Volume 30, Number 3
May - June 2017

“May we be grounded with the strength of the earth, May our love for the planet burn bright like fire, May visions of wholeness rise up on wings of air, May our actions flow with the ease of water.” 

Julia Bixler Isaacs offers BeFriending Creation readers a prayer for these times while also describing the spirit of our May-June 2017 issue. 

In this BFC, we read inspired stories of “Spirit-led Action” in Alaska and Maryland, and learn about alternative living at Friends House in California. QEW interviews water expert and environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett. Pamela Boyce Simms shares with us her insight into the question, “What would it take to mount a concerted move toward relocalization of food production and sovereignty among marginalized people of African descent as climate disruptions become the norm?,” explains why this is so important to our collective work, and invites us to get involved. 

We are also asking you to make a financial contribution to QEW. We’ve got a serious agenda for this coming season and need your help to make it happen. Our plans include: 

• Revise and publish our Earthcare curricula for adults and First Day Schools

• Advocate for environmental justice and a right relationship with the Earth by working in coalitions with allied groups and organizations

• Use our Quaker voice to support indigenous rights and climate justice

• Spread the word about Friends’ witness through our print and online publications

• Amplify Earthcare through inter-visitation at yearly meetings and Friends’ gatherings

• Fund hands-on sustainability projects throughout the world with our mini-grants program

• Lead an Earthcare Coalition of NGOs from the world-wide African diaspora to inform the U.N. High Level Political Forum about food sovereignty, land retention, and access to water.

Make a donation online at or send a check to P.O. Box 6787, Albany, CA, 94706.

Thanks, Friends.