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.
IN THE MEADOW, I gave thanks beside a beech tree. Sunset neared after a beautiful day with Swarthmoor Area Meeting of Southwest Cumbria, England. This area is called “the cradle of Quakerism” and brings to mind The Valiant 60, the 17th-century law-breaking mystics and traveling ministers from this region. I laid down tobacco and sang with some tears. My thanks followed the beech’s roots toward a creek. Facing brightness between clouds, I bore witness to the Beauty of the land. I also prayed for Quakers and humans to make peace with Creation.
ON JULY 10, 2019 Lorenz Nehma told the story of the Yazidi people, a religious minority in the Iraqi/Syrian region, during the Quaker Earthcare Witness side event at the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF). He shared their history from early persecution and acts of genocide under the Ottoman empire to the present day. He lamented,
“My people, the Yazidi People, are dying because of ISIS and almost no one knows this. ISIS killed Yazidi men, enslaved the women and children in 2014 and were burning Yazidi crops as of this past June, 2019.”
SOMETHING SPECIAL happened at the March 2019 Friends World Committee on Consultation Section of the Americas meeting. Friends from across the branches of the Religious Society of Friends came together to express our love for the land and our dedication to environmental justice, with each of us grounded in spirit along our own path.