Month: February 2015

  • 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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