April marks the beginning of yearly meeting gathering season for many of us in North America. We’re sharing a few resources to help strengthen the connection between Friends in your region and Quaker Earthcare Witness.
Please consider taking the following actions as you prepare for your summer events:
1. Invite a QEW Presents! speaker to do a workshop at your yearly meeting’s annual sessions. (Looking for another topic that relates to your gathering’s theme? Email Hayley at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can brainstorm.)
2. Is your meeting happening in person? Request materials from email@example.com to help with your tabling needs. (We can also share virtual tabling materials if your yearly meeting is offering that option).
Events This Month
Ecological Grief: Engaging with the Emotional Impacts of Climate Change
August 25 @ 7:00 pm ET
Climate warming stripes from: Show Your Stripeswith Gayle Matson & Hayley Hathaway
Ecological grief is all around us, whether we recognize it or not, we all carry it with us. Buddhist writer Joanna Macy writes, “Feeling pain for the world is as natural to us as the food and air we draw upon to fashion who we are. That pain is the price of consciousness in a threatened and suffering world. It is not only natural, it is an absolutely necessary component of our collective healing. The problem, therefore, lies not with our pain for the world, but in our repression of it.”
This 90 minute experiential workshop is an introduction to the phenomenon of ecological-grief—what it is, how to engage with it, and why it's important. We’ll explore those tender places in our own hearts where ecological grief dwells and offer them sacred attention.
Engaging in the grief process in a spiritual community supports resiliency and helps us be more deeply attuned to the actions we are called to take.
Gayle Matson is a member of Chico (CA) Friends Meeting and co-clerk of the Pacific Yearly Meeting Unity with Nature Committee. A former clinical social worker and psychotherapist, she became interested in the phenomenon of ecological grief after moving to Chico in 2018—two months before the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history. Since then, she has focused on the emotional impacts of climate change and has co-facilitated eco-grief groups for a faith-based climate action organization.
Hayley Hathaway is Quaker Earthcare Witness' Director. She is passionate about the relationships between ecology and faith. She worships with Friends in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is active on local climate campaigns. Hayley is the former director of Casa de los Amigos, the historic Quaker center for peace and international understanding in Mexico City.
*Please note the event starts at 7pm Eastern time.
Worship Sharing with Quaker Earthcare Witness and Friends General Conference
September 20 @ 7:00 pm ET
Quaker Earthcare Witness is hosting monthly online worship sharing groups in partnership with Friends General Conference.
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.
*Please note this event is at 7pm Eastern time.
Fall 2022 Steering Committee
October 20 @ 5:00 pm ET - October 23 @ 5:00 pm ET
Join Quaker Earthcare Witness' Fall 2022 Steering Committee Meeting.
QEW gathers twice a year to conduct business and enjoy fellowship with each other. Our fall 2022 meeting will be held online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. All Steering Committee members are encouraged to attend and we welcome visitors for any or all of our sessions.
More details and the agenda will be forthcoming.