Please join us in August for our monthly workshop and see additional resources below.
Hayley Hathaway, Director
Quaker Earthcare Witness
Ecological Grief: Engaging with the Emotional Impacts of Climate Change
with Gayle Matson & Hayley Hathaway
Thursday, August 25 at 7-8:30pm Eastern
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’ Communications Coordinator. 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.
Photo above: Climate warming stripes from Show Your Stripes
Fall QEW Steering Committee Meeting
October 20-23, 2022
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.
WORKSHOPS FOR YOUR MEETING
Quaker Earthcare Witness staff, Steering Committee Members and Friends are offering online workshops for your Friends meeting, church, or community. See our list at QuakerEarthcare.org/workshops for possible workshops and email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule one.
APPLY FOR A MINI-GRANT
Quaker Earthcare Witness organizes a mini-grant program which gives $500 matching grants to help Friends complete eco-friendly projects. We especially encourage projects that directly address environmental justice, climate change and/or those that will involve young people.
Past grant recipients have used QEW mini-grant funds for a range of projects, like creating an edible garden for their meeting, adding a composter for a Friends’ school, and completing a meeting solar energy project.