Quarterly newsletter of Quaker Earthcare Witness
Volume 32, Number 02, April-May-June 2019
As I left for St. Paul, Minnesota for our Spring Quaker Earthcare Witness Gathering, the question I asked was, “How will we together embody the beloved community?” Thanks to Minnesota weather, that question rapidly shifted into, “How does one gather the beloved community from all across the nation while seven inches of snow are falling?”
We grounded our work by taking time each morning for worship sharing. My small group grew closer as we spoke about our reflections from the queries, and shared our hearts and our hopes and even our tears with one another. The magical silence of the snow falling gave even more depth to our seeking.
We were cared for impeccably by the Twin Cities Coordinating Team, with safe driving, great food, and inspiring evening programs. Thanks to the members of all three Twin Cities Friends meetings for their welcome and their support for our earthcare work.
We gathered this spring under the shadow of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, saying that the time is now to avert planetary disaster. We were inspired by the young climate activists who remind us of the urgency of our work. We, as the Quaker Earthcare Witness community, know that personal and spiritual transformation must be the foundation of our work, and that transformation will be the doorway to the beloved community.
As a gift to you who are reading these words, I offer one of the quotes that inspired our worship sharing:
“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center really is everywhere. It is within each of us.”
- Black Elk
Mary Jo Klingel, Clerk, Quaker Earthcare Witness