New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

NEYM Quaker publishes book on Transition Movement and People of Faith

Jun 2, 2016

RUAH SWENNERFELT, Clerk of NEYM's Earthcare Ministry Committee, has just published a book describing the important role that people of faith could have in the growing Transition Movement. Her 120-page soft cover book, Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith, is available for $15 through Quaker Books, local bookstores, from the author, or from Amazon.Com.

Active in the Transition Town Charlotte organization for many years, Ruah has based her book on the testimonies of many Transition activists that she interviewed in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Some have found that the Transition Movement provides a field of action for their faith experience while bringing a helpful faith perspective to their community's Transition Initiative. A history of the Transition Movement and an explanation of Permaculture principles are also included. Transition founder Rob Hopkins wrote the Foreword.


"RISING TO THE CHALLENGE is a strong call to respond to the global climate challenge and put faith into action to "see what love can do." Swennerfelt draws on inspiring stories from the world's experimentation crucibles in Transition, offering up her vision of radical dreaming. Here we learn about energy descent planning, repair cafes, and permaculture communities, and the important role of faith traditions in healing the world. Based on her travels to Transition Towns around the world, this book demonstrates the possibilities of loving kindness on a global scale. It is a marvelous manifesto for resilience and a powerful testimony of home, reflecting Swennerfelt's own deep personal commitment, an inspiring voice in this time of transformation." --Stephanie Kaza, author of Hooked! Buddhist Essays on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume

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