Journal: Quakers Activating on Earth Care

Cultural Intelligence, Earth Intelligence
Eileen Flanagan

Eileen Flanagan

Author, The Wisdom to Know the Difference: When to Make a Change — and When to Let Go

Posted: October 8, 2010 07:32 AM

Quakers Advocate Living in ‘Right Relationship’ with Creation

In recent years, a number of Quaker writers and organizations have argued that these core values and the future of our planet are threatened by an economic system that encourages people to consume increasingly scarce natural resources, resulting in environmental devastation, economic inequality, and wars for oil. The alternative they propose is living in “right relationship,” which means radically changing both our individual behavior and social structures so that our way of life honors all of God’s creation.

“We draw on a Quaker legacy of passion for doing the right thing and going inward to discover what the right thing is,” explains the website of the Earth Quaker Action Team, which grew out of a gathering in the summer of 2009 where many Quakers felt that God was calling them to engage more vigorously with these issues. “We are people who recycle and re-use, who drive hybrids and bicycles, who take buses and shorter showers, and at the same time know that the sum of individual actions cannot make up for the destructive decisions taken by large structures. We realize we must turn to the power of collective action.”

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