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    Walking Cheerfully Over the Earth: Step by Step to a Greener Lifestyle

    By Marjorie McKelvey Isaacs, Psy.D. FWCC has approved a minute asking everyone to personally make green lifestyle changes. All change, even desired improvements, creates some stress. My psychology clients and I, working together for more healthy lifestyles, discovered research, strategies, and viewpoints that can make change easier. Thanks also to…

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  • Friends News to Share: FWCC Sustainability Minute

    FWCC World Plenary Hundreds of Friends from around the world (including several QEW Friends, as you’ll read in this issue) gathered recently in Pisac, Peru, for the Friends World Consultation Committee (FWCC) World Plenary. One of the planned goals for this meeting was to consider “furthering the Kabarak Call for…

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  • Friends News to Share: FWCC Sustainability Minute

    FWCC World Plenary Hundreds of Friends from around the world (including several QEW Friends, as you’ll read in this issue) gathered recently in Pisac, Peru, for the Friends World Consultation Committee (FWCC) World Plenary. One of the planned goals for this meeting was to consider “furthering the Kabarak Call for…

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  • Climate Justice—from Katrina to Paris and Back to New Orleans

    By Shelley Tanenbaum. When we talk about how global warming will affect the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet, or when we talk about how countries that have historically emitted the most carbon have a greater carbon debt than those with smaller carbon footprints, or how polluting industries…

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  • Paddle to the Future

    By Shelley Tanenbaum, QEW General Secretary. You’ve probably heard that saying, “Up a creek without a paddle.” Just a few years ago, when it came to climate change, we were all up a dead-end creek in a leaky little boat without a paddle. Post-Paris and the “historic” Agreement, where are…

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    A Global Climate Insurgency

    By Bob McGahey After years of fraught negotiations, we have a climate accord. Just getting 195 countries with different, sometimes conflicting, interests to agree was a miracle of sorts. The document breaks new ground by aiming to hold the average temperature rise below 2C, to 1.5C, and reaching…

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    In Solidarity with Those at COP21

    By QEW Friends Some QEW Friends weren’t in Paris but were participating in events in their local areas in support of change for the planet. In this section several Friends share their COP21 experiences with you. = = = = = = = = = =  “I…

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    Reflections on COP21 and the Paris Negotiations

    By Philip Emmi, QEW-Accredited COP21 Observer How can one describe an event designed to accommodate 40,000 attendees and reach an agreement among 195 countries on how to protect against catastrophic climate disruption? Dante’s circles of Heaven and Hell may be a useful image. The venue was…

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  • Post-Paris Impressions

    By Jose Aguto, FCNL Last December, through the generosity of Lindsey Fielder Cook and Jonathan Wooley of the Quaker UN Office, I was blessed and accredited to participate in the “Blue Zone” of the UNFCCC negotiations in Paris (COP21), during the second week. To thoroughly encapsulate the experiences,…

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    The New Climate Agreement: The Real Work Begins Now

    By Lindsey Fielder Cook, QUNO. COP 21 ended on a Saturday night, and on Sunday, I went to the local Quaker Meeting in Paris for worship. I gave thanks for the previous night’s achievement, when nearly 200 countries (except Nicaragua) supported what their representatives described as a “balanced” agreement. After…

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  • Letters to Share, Jan-Feb 2016

    By Mary Jo Klingel “What canst thou say” about spirit-led efforts on behalf of Earth, about your own stirrings toward care for the planet, in relation to the vision and thoughtful action of Quaker Earthcare Witness as a whole? We’d like to hear from you. Send your letters…

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  • Post-Paris Impressions

    By Jose Aguto, FCNL Last December, through the generosity of Lindsey Fielder Cook and Jonathan Wooley of the Quaker UN Office, I was blessed and accredited to participate in the “Blue Zone” of the UNFCCC negotiations in Paris (COP21), during the second week. To thoroughly encapsulate the experiences,…

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  • Letters to Share, Jan-Feb 2016

    By Mary Jo Klingel “What canst thou say” about spirit-led efforts on behalf of Earth, about your own stirrings toward care for the planet, in relation to the vision and thoughtful action of Quaker Earthcare Witness as a whole? We’d like to hear from you. Send your letters…

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  • Reflections on COP21

    By Sara Wolcott It was not so long ago that the cobblestones of Paris were red with blood. November 2015: terrorism. 1940: WWII. 1914: WWI. 1871: Prussians (post Napoleon). 1789: Revolution. One could keep going: 1479: Joan of Arc. With such a history in mind, and…

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    Empowering Women: The Link to Population

    This article was created by QEW’s Population Working Group and is part of our “Pamphlets for Sharing” series, reflections on important topics researched, written, and edited using Quaker discernment and decision-making. We hope you use them as an educational tool with your community. Download the PDF here or order…

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  • Fixing (Healing) a Broken Vase (World)

    Shelley Tanenbaum Editor’s note: Shelley wrote this article prior to participating in COP21 in Paris. You can find out more about her experiences there by checking out her blog posts at http://www.quakerearthcare.org/news/qew-cop21-paris. Events are surely unfolding anew as you read this article. I wrote this on November 20,…

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  • “I Hear Your Cry”: Joining the Lamentation of the Earth

    Samuel Mahaffy, Olympia Friends Meeting The quiet of the summer night is shattered by an eerie wail. It is a plaintive and distressed cry. It is distinctively different from the usual night sounds on our three acres in the country. Absent tonight is the hooting of the two…

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  • Encounter with the Wild

    By Harold Branam, Savannah Monthly Meeting As we walk out in blooming Sunday heavy with azaleas, dogwoods, and wisteria, the vaulted sky looms purplish-blue like a backdrop behind our neighbor’s house. Down along the marsh a hawk…

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  • River Spill Is a Signal to End Business as Usual

    Richard Grossman In Colorado, our Animas River received a serious insult in August of 2015. Fortunately the river seems to be recovering, but we cannot predict what the long-term effects will be. Contractors working for the United States Environmental Protection Agency recently released a huge amount…

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  • Using Right Language in Our Earthcare Conversations

    People of faith all over the world care deeply about climate change, and a group called Our Voices, which is a campaign for global multifaith climate action, asked UK-based nonprofit group Climate Outreach to design a study that would help us learn more about the type of language…

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  • What the Pope Said

    Mary Gilbert, QEW Representative to the UN On the morning of Thursday, September 24, 2015, Pope Francis addressed the Congress of the United States, speaking slowly in English. On the morning of Friday, September 25, he addressed a “high-level” meeting of the UN General Assembly, speaking rapidly in his native…

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  • QEW Gives Thanks for the Encyclical Laudato Si’

    QEW Steering Committee, October 2015 Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) gives thanks for the papal Encyclical, Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home. We share the conviction that all life is sacred and interdependent, and that the natural world is an infinite source of awe, wonder and wisdom. We…

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  • Letters to Share, Nov-Dec 2015

    Jim Kessler Dear Friends, FCNL is doing great work to shift the political environment and get Republicans to cosign a bipartisan resolution that climate change is real and that we must act to reduce carbon emissions so that other important climate change legislation can happen. They…

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  • What We Want from COP21

    Shelley Tanenbaum, QEW General Secretary Editor’s note: Shelley wrote this article prior to participating in COP21 in Paris. You can find out more about her experiences there by checking out her blog posts at http://www.quakerearthcare.org/news/qew-cop21-paris. Greetings, Friends! As you read this, I am in Paris along…

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  • Share Your Quaker Witness for Climate Justice!

    Send us your short, selfie video and lift your Quaker voice for the environment! We have started a new video project, called “What Canst Thou Say?” and we’re asking Friends to send us short (3-minute or less) selfie videos that answer two questions: (1) What is…

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  • Podcasts from Friends

    “DOING THE WORK OF NOAH: GROWING THE ARK” Tom Small, co-clerk of the Publications committee, was interviewed on Northern Spirit Radio in August, talking about responding to species extinction and creating habitats with native fauna. You can listen to the interview here: http://www.northernspiritradio.org/episode/doing-work-noah-growing-ark “NICARAGUA INTER-OCEANIC CANAL – NO!”…

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  • Creating Campaigns: EQAT’s Process of Discernment

    George Lakey, Earth Quaker Action Team On March 2, 2015, PNC Bank said it would give up financing mountaintop removal coal mining. The New York Times and the Guardian joined other media outlets in announcing the outcome of EQAT’s campaign demanding that PNC “Bank Like Appalachia Matters!” (BLAM!)…

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  • A Path to Changing Hearts–An Interview with Alan Burns

    By Jeff Meyer, Charlotte Friends Meeting Quakers have joined with many other groups and people of good will in the effort to do something about climate change. We want to be better stewards of the environment, combat global warming, stop poisoning the environment, reduce our use of fossil…

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  • My Time in Washington

    Mary Gilbert, QEW Representative to the UN On Wednesday night, with the Pope to speak the next day, QEW Friends participated in the interfaith program and the overnight vigil organized by the Franciscan Action Network (https://franciscanaction.org/). Can you imagine a gathering of Jews from differing communities, Muslims,…

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  • Over planned and under organized: On target but missing the mark

    Roy Taylor, Clerk of QEW The release of the Pope’s Encyclical earlier this summer set the stage for his historic visit to the United States and his address to both houses of Congress. What a perfect opportunity for the interfaith community to respond with multiple corresponding events in Washington DC…

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  • Expectant Waiting–Expectant Doing

    Shelley Tanenbaum, QEW General Secretary It feels like the entire state of California is holding our collective breath as we wait for El Nino to water our thirsty crops, reservoirs, shrunken lakes, and trees. In the city, trees deprived of winter rains for the past four years are dropping leaves…

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  • NEYM’s Public Response to Pope Francis

    New England Yearly Meeting [Editor’s note: This statement is posted on NEYM’s website at: http://neym.org/news/public-statement-climate-change-response-pope-francis] In his address to the U.S. Congress and to our nation, Pope Francis invited us to pray for him, and to pray together. On behalf of the Quaker faith communities in the…

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  • Canadian Happenings

    CYM SIGNS INTERFAITH DECLARATION ON CLIMATE JUSTICE Canadian Yearly Meeting has signed on to an interfaith declaration seeking action on climate change, poverty reduction and justice for aboriginal peoples. The seven-page declaration “On promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada; Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out,” was…

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  • Podcasts from Friends

    “DOING THE WORK OF NOAH: GROWING THE ARK” Tom Small, co-clerk of the Publications committee, was interviewed on Northern Spirit Radio in August, talking about responding to species extinction and creating habitats with native fauna. You can listen to the interview here: http://www.northernspiritradio.org/episode/doing-work-noah-growing-ark “NICARAGUA INTER-OCEANIC CANAL – NO!”…

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  • Creating Campaigns: EQAT’s Process of Discernment

    Creating Campaigns: EQAT’s Process of Discernment George Lakey, Earth Quaker Action Team On March 2, 2015, PNC Bank said it would give up financing mountaintop removal coal mining. The New York Times and the Guardian joined other media outlets in announcing the outcome of EQAT’s campaign demanding that…

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  • A Path to Changing Hearts–An Interview with Alan Burns

    By Jeff Meyer, Charlotte Friends Meeting Quakers have joined with many other groups and people of good will in the effort to do something about climate change. We want to be better stewards of the environment, combat global warming, stop poisoning the environment, reduce our use of fossil…

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  • In Quaker Silence: Reflections on QEW’s Recent Week in Washington DC

    Russ Adams, North Columbus (Ohio) Monthly Meeting In Quaker silence, do I hear our humanitarian ancestors, our abolitionist ancestors, our pacifist ancestors, crying out to us to pursue full sustainability for ourselves and our children and all folks yet to come…while there is time? Perhaps an…

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  • My Time in Washington

    Mary Gilbert, QEW Representative to the UN On Wednesday night, with the Pope to speak the next day, QEW Friends participated in the interfaith program and the overnight vigil organized by the Franciscan Action Network (https://franciscanaction.org/). Can you imagine a gathering of Jews from differing communities, Muslims,…

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  • Over planned and under organized: On target but missing the mark

    Roy Taylor, Clerk of QEW The release of the Pope’s Encyclical earlier this summer set the stage for his historic visit to the United States and his address to both houses of Congress. What a perfect opportunity for the interfaith community to respond with multiple corresponding events in Washington DC…

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  • Expectant Waiting–Expectant Doing

    helley Tanenbaum, QEW General Secretary It feels like the entire state of California is holding our collective breath as we wait for El Nino to water our thirsty crops, reservoirs, shrunken lakes, and trees. In the city, trees deprived of winter rains for the past four years are dropping leaves…

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  • Thanks, Friends!

    QEW wants to thank Friends at Ann Arbor Friends Meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan for their wonderful hospitality and participation during the QEW Spring 2015 Steering Committee meetings at the end of April. New friendships were formed, ideas were explored, and plans were made…

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  • Quakers and the New Story

    Quakers and the New Story By Mary Coehlo It was only in the last century that scientists have been able to connect their many discoveries in astronomy, geology, evolutionary biology, and other subjects into a continuous story of the origins of human beings, the earth, and all its…

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  • Soot

    By Shelley Tanenbaum, QEW General Secetary Cleaning up soot is the perfect counter example to the outdated concept that we have to choose between slowing climate change and economic development. Do you want to dump your despair about climate change along with getting rid of all that black…

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  • Get Resources for Your Meeting

    Newly posted! Two new topical website sections for your reference and reflection: Fracking 101, a new section providing information about fracking Friendly Landscapes for Birds, Soil Organisms, Pollinators, and People, a new section exploring ideas for creating  and cultivating healthy landscapes for Earth…

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  • Finding Our Inner Activists–with Humor and Heart

    Finding Our Inner Activists–with Humor and Heart By Katherine Murray Are you an armchair earthcare activist? Do you have a growing concern for the planet that you aren’t sure what to do with? If you feel a gentle stirring (or a more insistent inner nudge) in your life,…

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  • Is This Your Year? Apply for a QEW Mini-Grant!

    Has your meeting been dreaming of creating a community garden, harvesting rainwater, relandscaping to make use of native plants, putting in a low-flush toilet, or otherwise improving the energy efficiency of your meeting house or neighborhood? QEW makes grants available for Friends’ organizations who want to…

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  • SEYM Breaks New Ground with Field Secretary for Earthcare

    SEYM Breaks New Ground with Field Secretary for Earthcare By Barbara Letsch and Brad Stocker This April, Southeastern Yearly Meeting gathered and among other decisions Friends took a huge leap of faith. They established a new, full-time position under the care and guidance of SEYM and its Earthcare…

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  • Measuring What Matters

    By Mary Gilbert, QEW Representative to the UN Measure what you treasure…or you might just treasure what you measure. Imagine for a moment that you are the chief statistician of your country. You regularly generate data on everything your nation asks for, along with the statistical…

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  • Don’t Google That!

    By Brad Stocker If you’re searching for something online, you can find what you need and donate to your favorite cause at the same time by using Goodsearch as your search tool. Goodsearch is a search engine that donates a penny per search to the cause of your…

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  • An Earth Testimony

    By Adrian Ayres Fisher. Once during Meeting for Worship, a member spoke of how she had always heard the saying that Friends should walk cheerfully over the earth…speaking to that of God in everyone. Then she read what George Fox actually wrote: that we should “walk cheerfully over…

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  • Northern Yearly Meeting Lights Up

    By Shelley Tanenbaum, QEW General Secretary Northern Yearly Meeting (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and a bit more) meets on a lake in central Wisconsin to deepen worship, conduct business, and nurture connections among Friends in the upper Great Lakes region. This year, they boldly chose the challenging theme: Climate Change: Turning Awareness into…

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  • Book Review: The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm

    Book Review: The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm By Katherine Murray As I began to read The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm: The D Acres Model for Creating and Managing an Ecologically Designed Educational Center, by Josh Trought (Chelsea Green Publishing, March 2015), a favorite quote from George Fox rang in my head: “Be patterns,…

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  • Being a Player

    By Mary Gilbert, QEW Representative to the UN I’ve been attending meetings at the UN for more than 15 years and have often been asked “Do you ever get to ‘speak’ at the UN? What do you say?” I’ve explained that representatives from organizations like QEW may at times collaborate…

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  • Divesting from Fossil Fuels in Cincinnati and Beyond

    By Marjorie McKelvey Isaacs, Community Friends Cincinnati      Cincinnati…is always ten years behind the times. —Mark Twain When our Earthcare Committee clerk at the time, Bill Cahalan, first suggested that Community Friends in Cincinnati divest from coal, oil, and petroleum stocks, it sounded like a foolish waste of the Cannon Fund,…

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  • Video Resources to Share

    On a recent visit to North Palm Beach Meeting, Mary Jo Klingel discovered that Palm Beach Friends are creating YouTube videos of their adult learning sessions. She discovered a wealth of video resources on a range of earthcare topics. A few representative samples: Backyard Beekeeping 1 & 2 Prisons and…

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  • Letting Your Life Speak: Quaker Earthcare Begins at Home!

    Anthony Manousos and Jill Shook In 2014 we decided to adopt some major new green initiatives in our home that would inspire our friends and neighbors to do likewise. In doing so, we followed the injunction of George Fox: Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever…

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  • Praise Be!

    By Rachel Findley and Shelley Tanenbaum In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home. [3] 1 Laudato Si’, the letter Pope Francis wrote to us all, surprises us with its overarching emphasis on how “everything is connected,” including justice in human societies,…

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    Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith

    Transitioning Times: An Interview with Ruah Swennerfelt Ruah Swennerfelt, QEW’s former General Secretary, has just published a new book with Quaker Institute for the Future, entitled, Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith (QIF Focus Books, 2016). As part of the research for her…

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  • What Is Your Elevator Pitch?

    Shelley Tanenbaum, QEW General Secretary Suppose that you are sitting next to your second cousin at a family function or you bump into your neighbor from down the street in a coffee line, and they ask, “What’s up?” How do you convey (in two minutes or less!) all…

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  • Many Thanks to Long-Time Supporters!

    Some of you have been supporting Quaker Earthcare Witness for many, many years—possibly starting when we were called Friends Committee on Unity with Nature (FCUN). I marvel when I receive a donation to QEW and see a long history of support, both in financial donations…

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  • QEW Spring 2015 Steering Committee Meeting

    Where: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting 1420 Hill Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 www.annarborfriends.org When: Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:00 pm to Sunday, April 26, 2015 1:00 pm Registration is now open for our April 23-26, 2015 Steering Committee sessions in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • Courage for Creation

    By Minga Claggett-Borne The Bolder and Deeper Action Group formed at Friends Meeting at Cambridge partly to discern strategic action and partly to act as an affinity group as more Friends were considering breaking the law, so as to follow God’s law. BDAG consists of 15…

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  • IPBES: A Rosetta Stone for Nature’s Benefits to People

    Mary Gilbert, QEW Representative to the UN The UN is like the city on a hill with its ideals gleaming in the sunlight. But up close, you can see that the city’s silhouette is defined by acres of canvas draped over the whole thing. If you lift the…

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  • Young Friend Asks Quaker School to Take Climate Seriously

    Young Friend Asks Quaker School to Take Climate Seriously On February 13 and 14, Friends in many parts of the world participated in Global Divestment Day. Creative actions took place in some 60 countries ranging from concerts, rallies, marches, artistic projects, teach-ins, and more. (For photos and videos,…

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  • 4 Asks: Recommendations for All Friends

    4 Asks: Recommendations for All Friends By Sophie Quest and Paula Kline If you’ve been fortunate enough to attend Pendle Hill in Pennsylvania, you’ll remember all of the amazing trees planted there over many years. Caring for these acres as people studied Quaker testimony together was a strong…

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  • Fasting for the Climate: Two Reflections

    Jim Kessler & Judy Lumb In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying homes and livelihoods all across the country. Climate commissioner Yeb Saño was at the UN climate talks in Warsaw when the typhoon struck, and his own family was…

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  • Congratulations and Many Thanks for Direct Action

    In March, PNC bank announced that they will limit their funding for mountain-top removal coal mining. This is a particularly egregious form of coal mining—laying waste to large areas and contaminating local water supplies. Earth Quaker Action Team (eqat.org), Rainforest Action Network (Ran.org), and the Ohio Valley Environmental…

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  • Letters to Share, March-April 2015

    Dear Editor, Carbon sequestration with regenerative organic agriculture (including well-managed grassing of grass-fed ruminants) could sequester all of the excess carbon dioxide now in the air. Soil not oil, Cook Organic, not the Planet. This can be done at low-tech levels worldwide by the two billion…

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  • In Sight of Sustainable Hope

    By Ruah Swennerfelt Can we have hope in the face of the human-caused climate disruption that is threatening the very home where we live? Although many now believe that the trajectory of increasingly chaotic climate isn’t likely to be stopped through any likely combination of technological solutions or political programs,…

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  • A Good Way to Start the Year

    Shelley Tanenbaum, General Secretary Amazingly, there is quite a bit of good news to start the year, among all the doom and gloom (not that these aren’t also part of our reality). Here are a few things that are making me hopeful and giving me ideas for how…

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  • Review: Symphony of the Soil

    Review: Symphony of the Soil Reviewed by Adrian Ayres Fisher 2015 is the UN Year of the Soils. Anyone who would like to understand why living soil is so vitally important would do well to watch “Symphony of the Soil,” directed by Deborah Koons Garcia. This beautiful, poetic…

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  • Family’s Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit

    One beautiful morning last summer, my granddaughter Ruby and I stood side-by-side in the garden, picking first green beans and then blueberries. She had her favorite blue basket and I’d grabbed a colander, and as we picked, we talked about vegetables and things like soil, butterflies, and frogs. Suddenly she…

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  • Q&A with Douglas Gwyn

    Doug Gwyn, the author of A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation, generously agreed to be interviewed for this issue of BeFriending Creation. Thanks, Doug! 1. You explain how your thought and interests developed through several books, always including the thread of your concern…

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  • Review: A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation

    Reviewed by Katherine Murray In 2014, we saw many hopeful and encouraging signs that the world is beginning to “get it” about climate change. We also saw heartbreaking events, species slipping closer toward extinction, major disruptive weather events, and the ever-pervasive challenges of power and money at work…

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  • Review: Climate, Food, and Violence: Understanding the Connections, Exploring Responses

    Review: Climate, Food, and Violence: Understanding the Connections, Exploring Responses Reviewed by Keith Helmuth The nexus of climate disruption and food insecurity leading to societal breakdown and violence is one of the most fraught scenarios of our time. This is not a new story. Both the 14th and…

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  • Review: Quaker and Naturalist Too

    Mary Gilbert There I was, at the age of almost 13, away at camp for the first time. This camp ran a 24-hour recruitment program for being born again and baptized in the lake. There was a lot of pressure, so that none of us would leave at…

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  • Review: Coming Back to Life: The Updated Workbook to the Work that Reconnects

    By Judy Lumb Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown is expanded and updated from their book of the same name published in 1998 (New Society Publishers, 2014, Gabriola Island, BC). The Deep Ecology work of Joanna Macy, also called the “Work that Reconnects,” dates…

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  • Quaker Earthcare Witness Mini-Grants

    QEW has grants available for Quaker projects that have the primary purpose of benefiting the environment and/or promoting environmental awareness and education among Friends and the larger spirit-led world. All ideas that support QEW values will be considered, but we especially encourage projects that directly address climate change and those…

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  • Quaker Statement on Climate Change

    QEW, FCNL, QUNO “It would go a long way to caution and direct people in their use of the world, that they were better studied and knowing in the Creation of it. For how could [they] find the confidence to abuse it, while they should see the great…

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  • An Experience in Lima: The UN Climate Change Conference

    Lindsey Fielder-Cook, QUNO Climate Change Representative This December, Jonathan Woolley, the Director of Quaker UN Office (QUNO) Geneva, and I travelled to Lima to attend the latest round of international negotiations held under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These talks are working toward December 2015, when negotiators…

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  • Bee on yellow flowers

    A Witness on Sexuality for Friends

    This article was created by QEW’s Population Working Group and is part of our “Pamphlets for Sharing” series, reflections on important topics researched, written, and edited using Quaker discernment and decision-making. We hope you use them as an educational tool with your community. Download the PDF here or order…

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    Seeking Clearness on Childbearing in a Crowded World

    This article was created by QEW’s Population Working Group and is part of our “Pamphlets for Sharing” series, reflections on important topics researched, written, and edited using Quaker discernment and decision-making. We hope you use them as an educational tool with your community. Download the PDF or order print…

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    Immigration in a Crowded World: A Friends’ Perspective

    This article was created by QEW’s Population Working Group and is part of our “Pamphlets for Sharing” series, reflections on important topics researched, written, and edited using Quaker discernment and decision-making. We hope you use them as an educational tool with your community. Download…

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    Friends Witness on Population

    This article was created by QEW’s Population Working Group and is part of our “Pamphlets for Sharing” series, reflections on important topics researched, written, and edited using Quaker discernment and decision-making. We hope you use them as an educational tool with your community. Download…

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  • Forest with path

    Friends Seeking Clearness on Abortion

    This article was created by QEW’s Population Working Group and is part of our “Pamphlets for Sharing” series, reflections on important topics researched, written, and edited using Quaker discernment and decision-making. This text is intended as an aid to worship-sharing on this sensitive topic.

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  • Forest with path

    Un Testimonio en el Asunto de la Población

    Este articulo forma parte de una serie que se llama “Folletos para compartir”. Esperamos que se le pueda compartir con su comunidad y que sea útil para su discernimiento propio. Desgargar el PDF Pedir…

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  • Climate Change and Racial Justice

    By Shelley Tanenbaum, General Secretary I experienced a great shot of inspiration and hope from the September People’s Climate March in New York —not just from the sheer size of the turnout (400,000!), but also from the diversity of the organizers and the participants. Marchers were like the city of…

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  • Night Sky By Kathy Barnhart

    For Peace on Earth and Unity with Creation: Recommendations for All Friends

    From the QEW Sustainability: Faith and Action Working Group. Recognizing the urgency of reducing our carbon footprint and living sustainably on the earth, QEW’s Sustainability: Faith and Action working group will be reaching out to all monthly and yearly meetings this year with resources and encouragement to take…

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  • Dreaming of a Green Christmas

    By Katherine Murray Many of us look forward to the holidays as a time of family togetherness and much-loved traditions. In addition to the deep spiritual significance, we enjoy cookies, eggnog, caroling—what’s not to love? But the holidays are also often a time when we may throw caution…

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  • Can We Get Off Carbon?

    By William Beale Several years ago, my wife and I decided that it was time to act on the ever-rising threat of climate change. Climate scientists had repeatedly warned us that we must stop putting carbon into the atmosphere or face the high likelihood of a near-term global…

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  • COP 20: Preparing for the Road to Paris

    COP 20 opened on December 1 and will continue until December 12, 2014 as organizations, individuals, government representatives, and participants from UN bodies and agencies gather in Lima, Peru, to work toward developing a global agreement to help pave the way for success at the COP21 world summit…

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  • Reflections on the People’s Climate March: Prelude to the Mother of All Movements?

    Reflections on the People’s Climate March: Prelude to the Mother of All Movements? by Bob McGahey Geeta and I joined the amazing People’s Climate March in New York in September 2014. We marched with Quakers amongst the faith communities, a cohort with a pre-march estimate of 10,000, rivaling…

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  • Considering the Consequences of Unchecked Population Growth

    Considering the Consequences of Unchecked Population Growth By Roger Plenty I am a Quaker living in Stroud, UK, and I have been a Friend for about 50 years. My interest in population started at a precise point in 1958. During an economics course, the lecturer told us about…

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  • Letters to Share, Nov-Dec 2014

    Dear Editor, I appreciated the recent article about indigenous peoples. This is an area where environmental justice and social justice meet, as these are the cultures who have a better sense of how to live in harmony with the land. I want to draw…

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  • Eco-Witness Roots and Shoots, Seeds and Trees

    Shelley Tanenbaum Greetings, Friends! We hope as 2014 draws to a close you are feeling a sense of gratitude and hopefulness about the changes we’re seeing—and making—in the world around us. Quaker Earthcare Witness coordinates a network of Quakers working on Earthcare, in part by sharing our stories…

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    Ecological Integrity and the Light Within

    by Louis Cox and Ruah Swennerfelt. Ruah is the former General Secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness IN THE COURSE of our travels to present on behalf of Quaker Earthcare Witness, we search with gathered Friends for ways we all can “walk more gently on the Earth” and…

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  • You Can’t Have Your Kay(a)k and (H)eat it, Too!

    Shelley Tanenbaum, General Secretary Alaska Friends have a deep connection to their land, as I learned on a recent visit when I facilitated a daylong workshop on earthcare, climate change, and witness in the world. The title of this article was the theme for their annual gathering. For…

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  • A Report from UNFCCC Negotiations

    A Report from UNFCCC Negotiations Lindsey Fielder Cook. QUNO Representative On June 4-15, 2014, international climate change negotiations were held in Bonn, Germany under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These “inter-sessional” negotiations were preparation for the annual UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP). The next…

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  • Four Snapshots from the March

    Mary Gilbert Snapshot 1: Patti Muldoon and I are kneeling on the floor working on a blue cloth rectangle, painting in the letters on the banner we designed: “QUAKER WITNESS.” It should be useful for many events, not just the People’s Climate March. The paint is…

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  • Melting the Ice in Our Hearts

    Shelley Tanenbaum The ice is melting in the north. The only way to change our ways is to melt the ice in our hearts. This is a slightly paraphrased statement from Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, an indigenous leader from Greenland, one of the many inspiring speakers at the…

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