Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting
Treading lightly on the Earth:
One Meeting’s Discernment
Hosted by Gunpowder Friends Meeting
8:30 AM Optional Morning Bike Ride* link to guide and map
9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Meeting for Worship and First Day School
11:15 AM Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business;
First Day School continued
12:30 PM Lunch provided by Gunpowder Friends
2:00 PM Intergenerational Program: Treading lightly on the Earth
(childcare available for the very young, if needed)
- Quotations on the spiritual basis for earthcare (below)
- Intergenerational “Camera” exercise: pairs take turns using each other as “cameras” as a way to share how we see nature through our own eyes; those in the role of the camera close their eyes while those in the role of photographer guide the others into position then tell the “cameras” when to open their eyes for 3 seconds. Each photographer takes 3 “pictures.”
- Gunpowder Friends Meeting’s Minute on Spirit and Nature 4/17/2011
- Spirit and Nature Activities at Gunpowder since 2004
Please RSVP to the Gunpowder Clerk, Sharon Daily, at email@example.com by June 3rd, particularly if:
• You need overnight accommodations
• You will be bringing children. Please include the number and age of any children.
• You have any specific dietary needs
*helmet required, mirror recommended; hills optional; guided tour available; 4 or 8 mile routes
Quotations on the Spiritual Basis for Earthcare
Christ is that wisdom which is pure from above, which is gentle and easy to be entreated, not hurtful, nor destructive but is to the preserving of the whole creation.
It were happy if we studied nature more in natural things, and acted according to nature, whose rules are few, plain, and most reasonable. Let us begin where she begins, go her pace, and close always where she ends, and we cannot miss of being good naturalists.
Every creature is a word of God and a book about God.
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationships, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
Black Elk, Oglala Sioux
The produce of the earth is a gift from our gracious creator to the inhabitants, and to impoverish the earth … appears to be an injury to the succeeding age.
John Woolman, 1772
The day of my spiritual awakening was the day | saw—and I knew I saw—all things in God and God in all things.
Mehtild 0f Magdeburg (1210-1280)
The fullness of the godhead dwelt in every blade of grass.
Elias Hicks (1748-1830)
The universe is the primary revelation of the divine, the primary scripture, the primary locus of divine-human communion.
The capacity for reverence comes … as I become aware … that my own life comes fresh and newly given at each moment from the hand of God. When I live in that awareness, I know it of all other created reality as well.
Elaine Prevallet, 1982
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
Holy persons draw to themselves all that is earthly…
The earth is at the same time mother,
She is mother of all that is natural,
Mother of all that is human.
She is the mother of all,
For contained in her
Are the seeds of all.
Hildegarde of Bingen (1098-1179)
Split a piece of wood, and I am there.
Pick up a stone, and you will find me there.
Gospel of Thomas
Our task is to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living beings and all of nature.
We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own – indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder … to revive our sense of belonging to a larger family of life, with which we have shared our evolutionary process.