Earthcare: A call to Persons of Good Will

September 16, 2014

It’s no exaggeration to say that humanity faces the greatest crisis in its history. As a Quaker, I see this as a call equal to that heard in the seventeenth century to resist the tyrannical oppression of church-state alliances – a call that resulted in freedom of religion, first in England and its colonies and then throughout the western world. I see it as a call equal to the one in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to end slavery. Quakers did not achieve religious freedom alone. We did not end slavery alone. We worked with men and women of good will of all faiths to bring revolutionary changes of consciousness in western society.

As I stated in my July 30 post, on September 21 I will participate in the People’s Climate March. I will be marching with men and women of good will to bring about a society which meets the needs of all without degrading the planet . But this march is only one step in this change of consciousness.

Fifteenth Street Meeting in Manhattan has scheduled an evening on what neighborhoods can doto support each other in reducing their energy and water use, building relationships, promoting local food, and strengthening their community’s resilience.” It will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23, at the Friends Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place, in Manhattan.

In addition, I am one of seven Friends in the Earthcare Working Group preparing to visit other meetings. Our goal is to help them consider how God is leading us to work for climate justice and the transformation of society.

As I’ve said in many of my postings, a spiritual life must include a concern for the welfare of all creation. Please consider what you are led to do in this regard.

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