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Holding Nature in the Light

Quakers share a common practice of “holding someone or something in the light”. If you ask Friends what that phrase means you will get many different interpretations, because we each practice holding in our own peculiar way, and even the interpretation of the light varies: The light we refer to is described as an immense force, as a transcendent… (read more)

Advocates for Ethical Transportation

We can probably most agree that we (people on this planet) need to reduce fossil fuel use – and many of us are personally working on doing that – by installing solar panels, trading in our gas lawnmowers, and reducing our dependence on gasoline-powered cars. Every trip you make by walking, biking, or car-pooling is… (read more)

Are Electric Cars Sustainable?

We should all be aware by now that transportation accounts for around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that we need to transition away from fossil fuels. And millions of people around the world have embraced the electric car as the answer to that problem. However, even such an obvious and necessary solution deserves critical… (read more)

Car Culture

Americans have a vast and insatiable love of cars. Cars define coming of age for many young people, and symbolize freedom and prestige. They seemingly make our lives simpler and more efficient… But they also have an enormous cost: They determine the use of our streets, affect the quality of the air we breathe, cost us time and tension with traffic jams,… (read more)

May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, sponsored and promoted by the League of American Bicyclists, and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is “a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try.” I like to include all active modes of… (read more)

Sustainable Meat and Dairy?

Quakers have become vegetarians for many reasons throughout history. Some Quaker abolitionists in the 1700s, for example, were deeply committed to vegetarianism as an integral part of their spiritual path at a time when vegetarianism was very rare in the broader culture, because they had a commitment to respecting all of God’s creatures. (Read more in… (read more)

So … What IS Sustainable Food?

I’ve been writing about sustainable food for a month already, but it’s such a complex topic, I don’t feel like I’ve made a start.  Let’s go back to basics: Sustainability means something can be maintained without depletion. When we talk about sustainable Earthcare practices we are talking about those that don’t deplete the earth’s resources, or damage… (read more)

Organic Quakerism

In the 2019 Friends Journal Article The Ministry of Quaker Farmers,  Rachel Van Boven interviewed Quaker farmers to find out how their Quakerism informed their farming practice. Among other things she talks about their choice to farm in an organic and regenerative way – a way that emphasizes building up the soil, not using it up as a… (read more)