Flint, Michigan, an economically depressed area, lost control over decisions affecting the public. Penny-wise and pound-foolish decisions were made by the state to change the source of Flint's drinking water in 2014, resulting in serious contamination.
The Peace Testimony
The Peace Testimony is a principal tenet of the Religious Society of Friends. Friends have always worked to reconcile conflict and relieve the human suffering of war. While this good work must continue, Friends should also be working on measures to forestall future hostilities.
Friends are advised "to live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars."
We must work at prevention. We must eliminate or reduce those situations which lead to conflict.
"COMPASSIONATE CONSUMPTION is not about sacrificing or giving up what we need. It is about reawakening to the sacred within and around us and celebrating this awareness in every action—and in every transaction. Our conscious choices change the world."
—Julia Butterfly Hill
WITH every bite, every press of the accelerator, every swipe of the credit card, we leave a large ecological footprint on the face of the world.
Essays on Science and Spiritualityby Philip Clayton, Mary Coelho, and the New Story Study Group
Format: PDF booklet, 27 pages
Slowing down is a spiritual process, based on reverence for life, ourselves, and each other.
LIFE has its own cycles, rhythms, and processes, which need to be honored for maximum benefit, or to prevent disastrous consequences. Gestation, for example, cannot be speeded up. Yet in 21st century America, who has enough time for life, for living?
by Tom Small
FOR SOME TIME NOW, my house has been becoming more transparent. I can see across it, sometimes almost through it. There's a little more clarity. More space.