Deepen Spirituality

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.

The Heaven Under our Feet

“Rain Forest Roots” by Kathy Barnhart of Strawberry Creek Meeting in California

THOUGH, AS A SPECIES, we may have journeyed through immense reaches of time and space, we remain close to our origins, to Eden, and to wilderness. They are within us and right beneath our feet.

Scripture tells us God formed us “of dust from the ground” (Genesis 2:7); created us “from dust, then from a drop of seed” (Koran, Surah XXII.5). Our progenitor, Adam, is adama—soil, or clay. We Homo sapiens are capable of wisdom, perhaps, but are most assuredly Homo (from humus, of soil or earth).

The quarterly journal of Quaker Earthcare Witness.

Adding Leaves to the Grove of Life

Neighbors gather for Grove of Life event Photos: Dan Norman, Northern Spark 2017

AN ALL-NIGHT, OUTDOOR EVENT. One thousand passersby publicly claim their practices and promises to reduce climate change. Each attaches a paper leaf with a personal, hand-written testimony like “bicycle everywhere,” “no food waste,” “share housing,” “travel by train” to a branch on a small grove of trees, the Grove of Life. 

The quarterly journal of Quaker Earthcare Witness.