Posted by: Pamela Boyce Simms
Event: “Inner Transition” Evening: Cultivating Interfaith Eco-Spirituality
– We can only see in the world what we realize in ourselves -
- Infuse environmental activism and social change work with spirituality
- Discover and share practices for self-inquiry/observation/understanding from a variety of perspectives.
Discussion Leaders: Interfaith Eco-spirituality Group: Buddhist, Quaker, Indigenous First Nations representatives of the Lakota Sioux and Mexica people, Episcopalian faith/spiritual leaders, and resource persons knowledgeable in various inner self-discovery techniques.
Who Should Attend: People actively involved in movements for social change
Date: October 5, 2012
- 5:00 Exhibit Opening: Lakota Heartbeat- Artwork of Lakota Sioux Children on the Pine Ridge Reservation, SD, Curator Joni Miller
- 6:00 Vegetarian Buffet – $10 (Reservations Required)
- 7:00pm- 9:00pm Inner Transition: Cultivating Interfaith Eco-spirituality
Eco-spirituality is grounded in the principle of interconnectedness: ….of all spiritual traditions; of all beings, and the interdependence of all life on Earth with the planet itself.
Spiritual leadership is increasingly understood as being synonymous with environmental leadership. An Eco-spirituality Group: Episcopalian, Buddhist, Jewish, Quaker, Indigenous First Nations representatives of the Lakota Sioux and Mexica people, and resource persons knowledgeable in various inner self-discovery techniques will reconvene on October 5, 2012 at KTD Monastery. Initiated at KTD on Earth Day 2011, the Eco-spirituality Group will deepen its exploration of how faith and spiritual leaders can prepare themselves and their constituencies to make the transition to living well, but more simply, with a deeper sense of community, as the Earth makes her own adjustments in the years ahead.
Leaders from a broad spectrum spiritual and faith traditions are challenging their community members to fully engage with the reality of climate change, fossil fuel dependency, and the suffering that results. There is a growing recognition among these leaders that their core teachings about extending compassion apply to actively safeguarding the endangered planet that we share. Further, faith leaders are recognizing the need to prepare themselves for the inevitability that people will turn to them for guidance as climate shifts accelerate the rate of change in their lifestyles.
The truly magical impact of this work however, bubbles up organically through interfaith community-building around environmental sustainability. The unmitigated joy radiating from the packed fellowship hall of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation this spring was palpable as members of the Woodstock Methodist, Episcopalian, Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist, and Dutch Reform Church congregations gathered to celebrate a gourmet WASTE NOT dinner ; donation-catered by local restaurants. Waste Not Dinner Slide Show Waste NOT Interfaith Dinner
Neighbors whose lives would not normally have intersected, experienced the power of community intimacy as the Woodstock Interfaith Council and Transition Environmental team collaborated to highlight the “culture of excess” and raise awareness of the need for local food sustainability. Rejoicing in our interdependence, we will create a sustainable future together, in the present moment, right where we are. The Inner Transition Evening at KTD will invite participants to deepen their personal path to self-discovery against the backdrop of Earth and lifestyle transformations ahead.
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