Do you want to host a workshop on climate change, environmental justice, Quaker faith-in-action, eco-theology, native plants, permaculture, or another environmental issue?
Quaker Earthcare Witness staff, Steering Committee Members and Friends are offering online workshops for your Friends meeting, church, or community. See the list of our current offerings below. We also host online workshops and events for individuals. Scroll down to our “Upcoming Events” section to see what’s coming up.
QEW Presents! Workshops for Your Community
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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.
QEW Bioneers - For the Love of Earth: QEW talks on Eco-spirituality, Environmental Justice, Biodiversity, Population, and What does it all mean for Us.
October 22 @ 4:00 pm ET - October 23 @ 3:20 pm ET
Join us for a special part of QEW's Steering Committee, where we sample 5 different Earthcare topics facilitated by our talented Steering Committee members. Each of these speakers is available to come to your Meeting/Church (via Zoom). You can attend all 5, or pick and choose according to your interests and time.
Saturday, October 22nd (All times Eastern)
4:00 – 5:00 Introduction
Living in Right Relationship with the Living World: Mary Ann Percy The bad news is coming fast now–nearly on a daily basis it seems we’re hearing of another climate-related disaster, another breakdown in Earth’s and Life’s support system–the web seems to be unraveling…How not to become paralyzed by despair? What does Friends’ Faith and Practice, and specifically our Testimonies, have to offer us for both understanding and addressing these many challenges which face us? How may we come to live in Right Relationship with the Living World, respecting and supporting the inherent integrity of the Earth community?! The content will be largely experiential, and also include a brief presentation, and opportunities for reflection and worship-sharing. Be prepared to sit outside for about 20 minutes, although indoor options will also be available.
5:10 – 6:10
Restoring Life and Hope: Renewing Biodiversity, Mind, Body and Spirit: Jim Kessler I will share powerful and inspiring stories, illustrated with colorful photos, of how creating native plant habitat has positively impacted the mental, physical, and spiritual health of our Quaker family. The presentation also describes how songbird, pollinator, and wildlife populations have dramatically increased in response to the introduction of native plants onto the property. My goal is to motivate others to plant butterfly gardens and larger native plant habitats to confront the extinction crisis. Loss of biodiversity can be reversed by the actions of ordinary people. Handouts will be provided for participants that explain how to plan, plant, and maintain publicly acceptable native plant butterfly gardens and habitats.
7:10 – 8:10
Environmental Justice: A Conversation with Beverly Ward and Shelley Tanenbaum, hosted by Hayley Hathaway Shelley and Beverly will share about the connections between racial justice, eco-spirituality, economics, and peace. What are some examples of environmental justice in our communities? What do institutional racism and other forms of oppression have to do with the environment and environmental justice? What is our role as Friends committed to Earthcare?
Sunday, October 23rd
1:10 – 2:10
Population and the Environment: Dick Grossman and Stan Becker The world population grew from 2.5 billion in 1950 to 8 billion in 2022 and we’re adding about 200,000 persons per day. Humans have invaded virtually every ecosystem on the planet and our activities are leading to rapid diminishment and extinction of species. Our ecological impact is the impact of the average person multiplied by the number of persons.
To be sustainable on this planet we must reduce both our individual impact and our numbers. QEW has multiple ‘pamphlets’ (on the website) on population concerns including sexuality, adoption, abortion, immigration, “Human reproduction is in the commons”, etc. With presentation, queries and worship-sharing we will probe these concerns.
2:20 – 3:20
Building Community By Listening: Mary Jo Klingel Listening and tracking process are two of the essential skills we need to master for community building. We will hear about and then practice both skills, and learn ways they can benefit our work for our Earth.
Ecological Grief: Engaging with the Emotional Impacts of Climate Change
October 25 @ 7:00 pm ET
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.