Strawberry Creek Quaker Meeting

in Berkeley, California

Testimony on Earthcare

Friends’ testimonies on simplicity, equality, peace and community suggest the need for an explicit testimony on Earthcare at this time in our history.

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 Creator stare them in the face, in all and every part of it?

~William Penn, 1693

In the distress of the earth we can hear the calling of God to care, just as in the past we have heard God in the sufferings of the poor…the commonwealth of people and the commonwealth of the earth have become inseparably interrelated and interdependent. Our thinking about God and the world, and the way we live in relation to them, must now give recognition to that fact.

~Rex Ambler, 1990

Earthcare

Friends see that of God within all life. We celebrate the mystery and wonder of our world and the gifts of nature that sustain and support us. At the same time, we see that human actions are undermining and destroying Earth’s capacity to continue to bring forth these gifts. We hold these gifts in deep reverence, respect and gratitude.

Friends recognize that those who suffer most from the destruction of Earth’s gifts are the poor and the powerless. The wealthy, industrialized nations bear the greatest responsibility for this condition. We strive to find solutions to environmental damage that include peace and social justice for those people most affected by unequal sharing of the world’s resources.

Much like a household that overspends its budget, humans are rapidly depleting Earth’s resources with excessive, unwise consumption and a growing population. We are called to modify our daily, personal choices and to work at the local, national and global levels to ensure the resilience of Earth. We feel a sense of urgency to bring our lives into right relationship with the community of life on Earth. We are called to be faithful to continuing revelation in these matters, to be transformed in our habits as our hearts and minds are opened.

Even
The exhausted blade of grass
That breaks through the concrete
Listens
To the Wind’s Song
And
Knows that it would be foolish
To do otherwise

Spoken ministry, Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting, 2/14/2010