Bringing Friends Together to Care for Earth

    Upcoming Events

    • Banking on our Future with Third Act

      Join QEW Friends online to learn more about Third Act and the March 21 Day of Action. Third Act is building a community of experienced Americans over the age of sixty determined to change the world for the better. Together, they use life experience, skills and resources to build better tomorrow.

      We will be talking about Banking on our Future Day of Action, planned for March 21. Groups are organizing to cut-up credit cards (symbolically or actually) in as many iconic places as we can imagine. (Maybe underwater on a dying coral reef, if you have diving skills, or against the backdrop of a fire-scarred forest, or alongside the remaining damage from Hurricane Ian). We also need lots of people outside and inside bank branches, especially out in suburbs across the country. Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo and Bank of America have picked 30,000 of the highest-traffic locations in the country for their offices and we want to make sure a wide sampling of them are visited that day.

      Kathy Barnhart from Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting is a volunteer with Third Act - she will be sharing with us the connection between finance and climate activism and how to get involved in your community.

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    • Worship Sharing with Quaker Earthcare Witness

      Quaker Earthcare Witness is hosting monthly online worship sharing groups.

      In worship sharing, we gather in small groups to focus on a particular question (or questions) to explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than we would in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses, and encounter each other in “that which is eternal.” We welcome all to join us!

      Together we are creating more opportunities for Friends to be in spiritual community with one another.

      Register here

    • A Quaker Ecology with Cherice Bock

      Photo from Barclay Press

      Join Quaker ecotheologian Cherice Bock in sharing about her newest book, A Quaker Ecology: Meditations on the Future of Friends on Tuesday, March 14 at 7pm - 8pm Eastern/4 pm Pacific

      Register here.

      In our best moments, Friends have been in the middle of the action around the social justice issues of each time period, discerning to the best of their abilities the direction the Inward Light leads and speaking truth to power. In our own time, climate justice can no longer be ignored if we want to have a healthy planet to live on and if we want to participate in the heart of the justice movements of the twenty-first century.

      To work on climate justice requires Quakers in the United States to revisit the practices and history of the Religious Society of Friends, recognizing the ways we have been complicit in unjust land acquisition, natural resource depletion, the intersecting injustices surrounding environmental racism, classism, and gender disparities, and the impacts of globalization. This book offers a series of meditations on the Quaker ecology, both internally in our denomination as well as in our connections to the world around us. It forms an invitation to participate in an Eco-Reformation, altering the trajectory of our Society through re-membering our history and reimagining our future as participants in the community of all life.

      Cherice is a recorded Quaker minister and a member of North Valley Friends in Oregon. She served as one of the founding co-clerks of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends from 2017 to 2020. Bock holds a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master of science in environmental studies from Antioch University New England, and she is a Ph.D. candidate in the same field. She teaches at the college and seminary level in the areas of Bible, theology, and environmental justice, and she works as the creation justice advocate at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. She edits Barclay Press's Friends Bible study curriculum, Illuminate.

      We encourage Friends to read the book (you can find it at Barclay Press in print or digital formats) and/or to listen to Cherice at the 2020 New England Yearly Meeting's annual sessions, where she presented the original content as part of their Bible Half-Hours

      If there's enough interest, we're hoping to organize a book group to go deeper into Cherice's work. If you're interested, please make a note of that on the registration form and we will share more information as it becomes available.

       

    Apply for a Mini Grant

    Quaker Earthcare Witness offers encourages and supports Friends groups, meetings, and organizations that are looking for ways to enhance their practical and spiritual relationship with Earth. We offer $500 matching grants to help Friends complete eco-friendly projects. Submit your application for a mini-grant any time of the year.

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