Thirty years ago this spring, we faced a global pandemic. Over the course of just a few weeks, all of our schools shut down, restaurants and bars closed, movie theaters went dark, and tens of thousands of businesses were shuttered because of a contagious virus.
Dear Friends: In March, when the 2020 Pacific Northwest Quaker Women's Theology Conference was postponed, the planning committee was originally going to ask the plenary speakers, of whom I was one, to write something about how the topic of their plenary related to the COVID-19 pandemic. I'd been nearly constantly thinking about that –Earthcare in a time of COVID-19 – anyway.
The Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice was approved on 24 April 2012 at the Sixth World Conference of Friends, held at Kabarak University near Nakuru, Kenya. It is the culmination of the FWCC World Consultation on Global Change which was held in 2010 and 2011. It is being circulated with the Conference Epistle.
From Empire to Beloved Community
Excerpts from a talk given to Intermountain Yearly Meeting, June 13, 2013, at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiú, New Mexico
by Steve Chase
I was so moved last night when Sherry read the Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice, … This is a prophetic call from the heart of our faith tradition. …
Shelley Tanenbaum serves as clerk of Quaker Earthcare Witness and Quaker Institute for the Future. She is a member of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, CA. Shelley and her husband run a consulting company, ENVAIR, which conducts research on regional air quality trends, with an emphasis on ozone and particulates.