The Earthcare Ministry Committee encourages New England Yearly Meeting and its constituent monthly meetings, quarterly meetings, committees, and staff to actions based on awareness that current rapid destruction of our planet and its fragile ecosystems is diametrically opposed to Quaker beliefs and values, and that the Religious Society of Friends must take an active stand against these trends and practices, inseparable from our other activities.
The Earthcare Ministry Committee (EMC) envisions the Beloved Community with a new world view that rejects human exceptionalism and sees humanity as a part of and living in harmony with Earth. This new world view informs our awareness of the systemic interconnections between social and environmental justice and Earth’s fragile human and natural ecosystems. Social injustice and the disruption of our natural ecosystems are diametrically opposed to Quaker beliefs and values. We believe that the Religious Society of Friends must take a Spirit-led, active stand against these injustices, inseparable from our other activities. We join with others who are led by the Spirit to support and strengthen “a vibrant and growing web of monthly meetings, quarterly meetings, and other Friends communities, helping us to do together what we cannot do alone.” In our call to justice, “we strive to obey the promptings of the Spirit to bring healing, wholeness, and transformation to ourselves and to the world.” We are all connected. (Quotations: Minute 2015-64)
EMC, with the guidance of Spirit, will hold each other, Friends, and our communities in the Light, beckoning the Love, Wisdom, and Transforming Power of the Spirit as we:
- Educate Friends and others about the causes of human induced climate destabilization, which is a spiritual and moral crisis creating global social injustice and environmental destruction.
- Challenge Friends to assess our personal and corporate lifestyles in just living, offering models of community that promote love, resilience, and sustainability.
- Empower Friends to create the Beloved Community through local and regional connections based on economic, social, and ecological justice; resilience; and sustainable living practices leading to a global social movement of interdependence and peace on and with Earth.
Climate Change is a core focus for Earthcare Ministry
- The EMC will include Friends who are committed to the ongoing transformation to create a resilient, sustainable, inclusive, diverse, equitable, and just Society.
- EMC has 15 members serving up to two 3-year terms.
- The Yearly Meeting Nominating Committee in consultation with EMC brings names to the Yearly Meeting for approval.
- The Yearly Meeting Nominating Committee in consultation with EMC brings the name(s) for the clerk(s) to the Yearly Meeting for approval.
- We support EMC members who feel called to continue this work after their Yearly Meeting service is completed to do so, to continue building the Beloved Community for all as led.