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go a long way to caution and direct people in their use
of the world, that they were better studied and knowing in the
Creation of it. For how could [they] find the confidence to
abuse it, while they should see the Great Creator stare them in
the face, in all and every part thereof?
william penn, some
fruits of solitude, 1693
is revealed in all Creation. We humans belong to the whole interdependent
community of life on earth. Rejoice in the beauty,
complexity, and mystery of creation, with gratitude to be part of
unfolding. Take time to learn how this community of life is
organized and how it interacts. Live according to principles of right
relationship and right action within this larger whole.
aware of the influence humans have on the health and viability
of life on earth. Call attention to what fosters or harms
earth’s exquisite beauty, balances and interdependencies.
Spirit, work to translate this understanding into ways of living
reflect our responsibility to one another, to the greater community
of life, and to future generations.
what ways do I express gratitude for the wondrous expressions of
life on Earth?
Do I consider
the damage I might do to the Earth’s
vulnerable systems in choices I make of what I do, what I
buy, and how I spend my time?
our witness for the global environment, are we careful to consider
justice and the well-being of the world’s poorest
Does our way of life threaten the viability of life on Earth?
queries are intended for individuals.
Italicized queries are
intended for the Meeting collectively.