- SEYM Workshops on Earthcare
- Earthcare Minutes
- Suggested Actions for Meetings
- Knowledge Base
- Queries & Advices
SEYM Sponsored Workshops on Earthcare
These workshops and presentations are offered by SEYM Friends, with the approval and support of their Monthly Meetings and SEYM. These Friends give generously of their time & gifts to bring their workshops to Meetings or Worship Groups within SEYM. Your Meeting or Worship Group may request a workshop by contacting the presenter directly to make arrangements for travel, hospitality, honorariums and reimbursements for expenses.
QEW: Quaker Earthcare Witness
Presentations that look at the value of the earth in your life, the earth as God’s hands on expression of unconditional love, what you have done for the earth today, and/or a chance to share a joy the earth brings to you. The format ranges from worship sharing, workshop, fish bowl, friendly conversations, according to the needs of the Meeting.
Led by Jack Bradin, Palm Beach Meeting: firstname.lastname@example.org
Befriending Earth: An Introduction to Earth Literacy
What do you need to know to be Earth Literate? This workshop explores getting us back in touch with our Earth roots and discovering what skills and knowledge we need to pass on to the next generations. The methodology involves all senses, mind and body, and requires a sense of playfulness.
Led by Brad Stocker, Miami Meeting: email@example.com
SEYM Minutes on Earthcare
Earthcare Committee Minutes
Suggested Actions for Meetings & Worship Groups
When the Climate Change Minute was approved, our SEYM clerk entreated us all to make it become more than words and seek to implement the Climate Change Minute through actions. The Earthcare Committee concurs.
Here are some suggestions:
- You can inform yourself of Earth Concerns and talk with others about them. Two sources information and resources that are very much recommended are Quaker Earthcare Witness and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
- Subscribe to one or more of the publications from Quaker Earthcare Witness
- You can Donate to Quaker Earthcare Witness or some other Earthcare organization.
- You could provide QEW pamphlets for your Meeting at http://www.quakerearthcare.org/pamphlets
- You might work within your Meeting with this pamphlet available from QEW: How Eco-Friendly Is Your Meeting House?
- You can begin to use Goodsearch for your online searches instead of Google or other search engines and through Goodsearch you can donate to an Earthcare organization. From the same source, you can also set up online shopping at some places through Goodshop and donate some of the proceeds to an earthcare organization.
- You can invite one of the sponsored Earthcare workshops into your Meeting.
- You can organize your own workshop with the use of Earthcare for Friends: A Study Guide for Individuals and Faith Communities, from Quaker Earthcare Witness or get QEW in a Box and promote it within your Meeting.
- You can sign a petition and vote:
- Socially Responsible Investing (SRI): Socially Responsible Investments are any of a variety of financial instruments that screen for various social, moral, ethical, religious, labor, environmental, or poverty concerns. To get started on SRI, or stay informed, we recommend the Social Funds website: www.socialfunds.com/. They have news articles, information on specific funds and much more. You can have a packet of information sent to you, sign up for the online newsletter, have funds send you their prospectus, and find out what their screens are. Take a look!
Recommendations to Expand Our Knowledge Base
- The Rights of Nature
- Children of Africa by Symphony of Science
- David Suzuki: An elder’s vision for our sustainable future
- Earth Literacy
- The Galaxy Song by Monty Python
- History of the Universe in 10 Minutes
- How Wolves Change Rivers
- Rain Drops Birth, cartoon
- Powers of the Universe
- Story of Stuff
- Story of Bottled Water
- Story of Change
- Soil Stories – The Whole Story
- Thomas Berry and the Earth Community
Recommended TED talks
- A Sand County Almanac, Leopold
- The Great Work, Berry
- The Dream of the Earth, Berry
- A Really Short History of Nearly Everything, Bryson
- Natural Capitalism, Hawken, Lovins, Lovins
- The Sacred Earth, ed. Gottlieb
- The Swamp, Grunwald
- The Last Child in the Woods, Louv
- Earth in Mind, Orr
- The Sacred Balance, Suzuki
- Sustainable Education, Sterling
- Walden, Thoreau
- Here is a free book, Now That You Know, written by MacGregor Smith who, among many earth-friendly acts, started the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College.http://nowthatyouknow.info/NowThatYouKnow.pdf
Resources for Young Friends
- The Everything Seed, Troyner (There is a PowerPoint available too)
- If the Earth … were a few feet in diameter, Miller
- Pass the Energy, Please, McKinney
- Born with a Bang, Morgan
- From Lava to Life
- Mammals Who Morph
- The Lorax, Suess
- All I See is Part of Me, Curtis
- Dear Children of the Earth, Schimmel
- On the Day You Were Born, Frasier
- You are the Earth, Suzuki
- 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, Javna
The Eleventh SEYM Queries and Advices provide a clear basis for the work of the Earthcare Committee:
Care of the Natural World
- Do we live in harmony with nature?
- Do we live in keeping with the spirit of the unity, sacredness, and integrity of all creation?
- Do we seek to minimize our consumption of the earth’s resources?
- Do we encourage equitable and sustainable use of those resources?
- Do we walk gently over the earth, seeing that of God in all of nature?
- Do we seek to educate ourselves, our children, our meeting, and our community about how our lives can be more in harmony with the earth?
- Does the meeting strive to bring all its practices in harmony with the natural world?
- Maintain in ourselves and encourage in others a sense of responsibility for the environment, both for the present and for future generations.
- Avoid amusements that stimulate destructive emotions, are detrimental to the health or tranquility of others, or are damaging to the natural environment.
- Show a loving consideration for all creatures, cherishing the beauty and wonder of all God’s creation.
- Share our sense of reverence and stewardship for the earth.