Ancestor, What Did YOU Do at the Time of the Great Transition?

By Pamela Boyce Simms
Cross Posted from Resilience.org @ The Postcarbon Institute
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Once upon a time, as climate change accelerated in the 21st century, the recognition that everyone was in the same boat with a hole at the bottom jolted some of your ancestors awake. Quaker, Buddhist, and Unitarian Universalist environmental activists quietly and methodically gathered an eclectic group of allies into an intentional circle that embraced marginalized populations, and scores of grassroots organizations throughout the African Diaspora. Continue reading Ancestor, What Did YOU Do at the Time of the Great Transition?

Rekindling the Fire of Fox: Quaker Evolutionary Culture-building

By Pamela Boyce Simms
Quaker Pathways Forward -MINISTRY PREMISES
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Global society faces an existential crisis.
Quakers have historically been a catalyst in American social transformation.
Many Friends have the capacity to tap into archival memory, the DNA of Quaker contemplative practice, and leadings therefrom to guide people through the narrow straights of climate change disruptions, economic upheaval and systems collapse.
The time has come again for Friends to stand in the epicenter of social transformation and model an evolutionary response to society’s multi-tiered, existential challenges. Continue reading Rekindling the Fire of Fox: Quaker Evolutionary Culture-building

Buddhists, Friends, and Buddhist-Quaker Harmonic Unity with Nature

By Pamela Boyce Simms
Cross-posted from Befriending Creation, Quaker Earthcare Witness
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Quakers who celebrate their unity with nature, like Buddhists, know that separation of humans from nature is an artificial construct.
In fact, the absence of an isolated, permanent self which is separate and independent of the environment is at the heart of Buddhist practice. In Buddhism, “no [permanent] self” is the first “mark of existence.” i understand my “self” to be a process –a continually changing flow of interactions with my environment. Therefore, i am my environment and my environment is me. Continue reading Buddhists, Friends, and Buddhist-Quaker Harmonic Unity with Nature

Quaker Pathways Forward Ministry

By Pamela Boyce Simms
Quaker Pathways Forward
Seminal, Henry Cadbury
FELLOWSHIP PAPER
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Friends it’s time to shed the vestiges of outworn caterpillar thinking. Our planet faces an existential crisis. Climate change, resource depletion, and income disparity are now hastened by an unhinged political landscape, and we are racing toward the edge of a cliff!
Throughout history Quakers have repeatedly held and activated the equivalent of transformational “imaginal cells” which have triggered metamorphoses in American social norms and behavior. Continue reading Quaker Pathways Forward Ministry