Earthcare at Friends General Conference Annual Gathering

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 16:00 to Friday, July 3, 2020 - 17:30

Quaker Earthcare Witness will be hosting four afternoon sessions from 4 - 5:30 Eastern during Friends General Conferences' annual gathering. Visit FGC's website here to register for the "afternoon programs" to participate. 

A Vision from 2050 - Looking Back on Covid19 and Climate Change with Hayley Hathaway 
Tuesday June 30, 4:00pm 

It's the year 2050, thirty years after we faced a global pandemic, economic collapse, and impending climate chaos. Where are we now? How did we get here? In this workshop, Hayley will guide us through an exercise in radical imagination, where we sit with the possibilities of building a new society, one based in solidarity, cooperation, and interdependence. She'll also share about the exciting and motivating work that's happening right now around the US on some of the most pressing issues of our time and how to get involved through her lens as Communications Coordinator with Quaker Earthcare Witness and as an activist on local climate issues. 

Regenerative Agriculture: Sustainable is Not Enough with Carol Barta 
Wednesday July 1, 4:00pm 

Why is sustainable not enough in the world of agriculture? What will it take to produce nutrient dense food on healthy soil? Regenerative agriculture is a systems approach to restoring the health of our food system. 

Over the course of the last four decades a growing number of farmers and ranchers have risked, stumbled and learned how to build healthy soil and healthy profits for their farms by going against the conventional wisdom. Along the way they discovered that healthy soil is the basis for a healthy ecosystem and potentially a healthy planet. 

We'll explore the component parts of regenerative agriculture and discuss why whole-system- thinking is the best way to feed the world. 

Imagining Quaker Testimonies Applied to the Circle of Life with Mary Ann Percy and Rachel Van Boven 
Thursday July 2, 4:00pm 

We will use Quaker contemplative practices and an exercise from The Work That Reconnects (Joanna Macy, root teacher) to deepen intimacy with all beings. We will begin to imagine a new (old) story of how to apply Quaker testimonies to the entire Circle of Life. We will begin with a brief presentation, and then we will practice worship sharing with nonhuman nature (ie outside, or with a houseplant, etc). Insights from this practice will inform worship sharing in small breakout groups. Our query will focus on how we can understand our Testimonies of Unity, Equality, Integrity, Community, Simplicity, and Peace directing us toward harmonious and reciprocal relationships which respect the inherent integrity of the Earth community. Participants will be asked to spend time with nonhuman nature for a small portion of the program. 

Friday’s for Future USA with Kallan Benson 
Friday July 3, 4:00pm 

Kallan Benson, director of Fridays for Future USA, youth climate activist, and member of Annapolis Monthly Meeting will continue her conversation from Tuesday evening's panel discussion, about the youth-led climate movement. 

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