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Friends' Testimonies

Harmony With Nature

We now find ourselves called toward a new testimony. We must witness to the planetary crisis of our times and to our own role in it. We can no longer turn away from the harm done to fragile biological systems.

We know that our power as human beings to alter nature for good and ill makes us responsible in a way that is different from other creatures. Our way of living needs to change in a profound ways, and we who are affluent must curb our demands.

Faith and Practice


Addicted to Risk

by Chuck Orr, La Jolla Meeting

For as long as I have been attending La Jolla Monthly Meeting there has been a strong fiber of environmentalism within our meeting. As food for thought I suggest this link to a TED talk from Naomi Klein. We as a species need to plot a new course. . .

Noami Klein: Addicted to Risk


'first day'

by Will Stillwell, La Jolla Meeting

early

my slim moon

sounds silent cymbals,

slowly

my stars fade

breath flutters to my river's surface and

cottonwood leaf;

my chanting makes love with

my day people ---

insects, birds, humankinds, snakes ---

Come, come into the exaltation

which we are


When I was a child, I roamed woods and fields. Now I'm a city homeboy. Most of what I meet and consider are people, and things people make or say.

Yesterday I met a rattlesnake: it raised its head and tested with its tongue; I admired and waved insects from my face; it glided from the warm path; I glided along my worn path.

We are "Nature" (might I call us "Self", or "God"?). So facile is our claim to self-separation out of Unity. So acquiescent are we in Self destruction.

© 2010 Will Stillwell; used by permission