How can Quakers care for the earth?
Are you wanting to explore the spiritual underpinnings of your climate witness? Do you want to do something practical to address the issues we face?
The Climate Crisis: Spiritual Learning and Nurture project offers the following resources and learning opportunities to enable Friends to act and to live our faith with sustainability and care for the earth at heart.
Spiritual Accompaniment for Climate Witness
Has your Quaker faith inspired you to become involved in climate witness, or would you like to be?
Do you sometimes feel spiritually lost, burnt out or doubt that you are making a difference? Would you like to connect with someone who can accompany you on your spirit-led journey of witness?
Witness can take many forms, it’s not always direct action or protesting on the streets. It can also include:
- Community organising,
- Local sustainability projects,
- Campaigning and political lobbying,
- Linking up with related social justice struggles (cost of living, refugees, racial justice, supporting striking workers etc),
- Making changes to the way you live or to your meeting house e.g. our Quaker Ecochurch Network,
- Or seeking to inspire others through ‘being patterns and examples’.
More in depth information can be found here: Information Sheet
This is a free service.
To apply please email email@example.com
Quaker Eco Church Network
A Rocha UK’s Eco Church programme is a learning community of churches of all denominations shapes and sizes. It provides a framework to take practical action on caring for God’s earth. You can find more general information about the Eco Church network on A Rocha UK's website.
The Quaker Eco Church Network meets bi-monthly on Zoom. Come along to connect with Quaker meetings across the UK who are working towards A Rocha’s Eco Church Accreditation to make our meeting houses more sustainable.
Property and Resource Sustainability Database
Woodbrooke is developing a database to share collective learning and document the Yearly Meeting’s journey towards sustainability. The database will connect meetings that are discerning how best to use their property and resources with meetings that have already made changes. These might be small or large, getting solar panels, moving to a new meeting house or developing a garden as a place of sanctuary.
If you have experience to share with others please let us know by filling in this form so that your contribution can be included in the database: https://forms.gle/piqxNGqvcwWaqYak9
The Climate Crisis: Spiritual Nurture and Learning Project
Woodbrooke is funded to deliver this project by Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) as part of Quakers in Britain's continuing commitment to work on sustainability and our response to environmental destruction.
Woodbrooke focuses on learning activities that build spiritual connection (a sense of acting from a bigger truth), and social connection (a sense of spiritual community).
All the activities on the page above are part of the Climate Crisis project.
This programme is designed to complement BYM’s political and campaigning work on Climate Justice. While our work arises from the ministry of British Friends and focuses on nurturing that ministry, as with all our learning, it is open to Friends around the world and others interested in being part of this vital work.
BYM's Climate Justice Work
As part of Quakers in Britain, Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) focuses on political and campaigning work around Climate Justice. They work at a national level to build sustained peace and social justice, such as running peacebuilding projects overseas, and campaigning on behalf of Quakers.
QPSW also helps Quakers in Britain to live out their faith. They provide resources to enable local Quakers to take action.
The Faith in Action team provides grassroots support to individual friends who are undertaking or wish to undertake witness, including convening networks of friends around various issues.