We suggest that if you meet, you should sit in silence for a minute [or five] at the beginning, letting the Spirit of God be with you in your circle. Choose an article or two to focus on in turn and allow some time for reflection between responses. Enjoy another moment of silent benediction [acknowledged oxymoron] at the conclusion of your session. Be mindful of the time and the attention capacity of your group. More than one session may be scheduled. There is plenty to think, meditate, and talk about.
- Pages 4 - 5 News
Do you agree with Jerry Mander that "Economic globalization, the instrument of the world's largest corporations, is an assault on biological diversity and the natural world?"
Computers are a tool of the corporations - but they can be our tools too, What do you do with computers to help the environment?
The Goldman prize winners are inspiring. Who would you nominate for a similar award?
- Page 6 Jody Bourgeois -- The story of Science & Spirit
Jody spoke of an academic career where she almost never mentioned the spiritual aspect of knowing the earth. Do you have personal or professional situations where you feel you must keep your light hidden? In what ways can you bring science into the context of your church or meeting?
- Page 7 Elizabet Sahtouris - Truth, Science, and Indigenous Ways
Much of indigenous science is founded in a tradition of mindfulness, in a Buddhist sense of full awareness. Have you used that style of sensory interaction with the natural world? How many generations does it take for a population to be considered indigenous?
- Pages 8 - 9 Margaret J. Wheatly & Myron Kellner-Rogers - Life as Play: a simpler way
For many people in this world, the idea that life is not about survival would seem ridiculous. We admire "survivors." How do we honor the inventors; those who play? In this understanding of coevolution, what are the roles of cooperation and competition? When I took physics, we were told that entropy was universal and everything tended toward disorder. How then do we explain the evolution of ever more complex life forms and systems? God?
- Pages 10 - 11, 15, 22 Kurt de Boer interviewing Brian Swimme -- Science as Wisdom
Where do you notice consumerism in your life? When have you taken the time to become intimately acquainted with a plant or animal? Have you looked for the presence of the Divine in creatures other than human beings?
- Pages 12 - 13 Loyal D. Rue -- Confessions of a Shallow Environmentalist
What is your grounding for environmentalism? What would you list as necessary for a rich and full existence?
- Page 14 Connie Barlow -- Epic Events for a Greener Future
Did you receive some of your ecological or green inclinations by way of your religious traditions? How might the Universe Story/Evolutionary Epic be incorporated into the religious education for adults and for children? What are you doing to assure that the children of your faith community receive some green inclinations there?
- Page 15 Marya Grathwohl -- Star Alchemy
Read this poem aloud. What is it that you "churn out?" What is the "sublime generosity of stars?"
- Pages 16 - 17 EarthSaint: Thich Nhat Hanh
Who is the "me" to be called by true names? Do you agree with Thich Nhat Hanh about television? How do we encourage people to see more of their interbeing with all life? How does your faith community or denomination recognize spiritual gifts and leadership? How is unity with creation recognized as a component of a faith-centered life? Who is your EarthSaint?
- Pages 18 - 19 Keith Helmuth -Will There Be Any Toads in Heaven?
If we proclaim the sudden drop in frog and toad populations as a harbinger of ecological collapse, will we be believed or accused of crying wolf? Write out or draw your personal image of heaven, if you have one.
- Pages 19 - 20 Keith Helmuth -- North Hill Farm: A Toad's Eye View
Do you participate in a farm market? Do you grow any of your own food? How do you share in the organic culture?
- Pages 20 - 21 Kurt Lauren de Boer - Paths to Empowerment: A Turn to the Local
What can your community learn from the example of Maleny, Australia?
Have you invested in local enterprises?
- Page 23 Dorothy Olinger -- Our Story, Our Farm: Community Supported Agriculture
What parallels do you find between Dorothy Olinger's view of the self and that of Thich Nhat Hanh? Are there CSA programs in your area? How could you become involved in one?
- Page 24 Keith Helmuth -- Grist for a Mill
Have you started any local economic project which supports a sustainable life style? Has your Friends meeting or church provided nurturance for projects like the mill?
- Page 26 A New Covenant with Nature
- Page 26 Good Intentions: The Nine Unconscious Mistakes of Nice People
- Page 27 Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century
- Page 28 Children and Nature: Awakening a sense of Wonder [video]
- Page 29 Earth Mama: Love Large [music CD]
- Back Cover Lyrics for Re-creation
Which of these reviewed items will you look into for yourself or your church or meeting library? Which of the books will you encourage your local bookseller to stock? They may also be ordered through the EarthLight Bookstore [page 30.]
We hope that these queries have served to enrich your experience with EarthLight. We welcome your comments and submission of articles and poems which may serve to deepen our connection between spirituality and ecology.
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