Month: August 2015

  • 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    By Shelley Tanenbaum, QEW General Secetary Cleaning up soot is the perfect counter example to the outdated concept that we have to choose between slowing climate change and economic development.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

    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 the…

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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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