April Earthcare Engagement for Your Community
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
Worship Sharing with Quaker Earthcare Witness
March 28 @ 7:00 pm ET
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.
A Quaker Ecology Book Group
April 5 @ 7:00 pm ET
All are invited to join a four-session book group on Cherice Bock's A Quaker Ecology: Meditations on the Future of Friends on Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 at 7-8 Eastern/ 4-5pm Pacific.
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.
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
Online Steering Committee Meeting
April 20 @ 5:00 pm ET - April 23 @ 4:00 pm ET
Our spring steering committee will be on Zoom April 20-23, 2023.
The agenda is to be announced.
Photo by Kathy Barnhart