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Archive | October, 2008

An Addiction that Must Be Broken

With growing awareness of “green” issues, Friends likely share my concern about energy supplies and how we all are going to fare. Big Oil would like us to believe that drilling our shoreline and the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge will solve our problem. It will not. That oil won’t come online for about a decade. […]


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Finding the Prophetic Voice for Our Time

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. —1 Corinthians 14:1 Dear Friends, beloveds, what does the Lord ask of us? That we are the salt of the Earth, that we are a light unto the world, that we are streams of living water, that we feed God’s […]

Lizz Roe is the off-site coördinator at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Britain. A member of Hereford and mid Wales Area Quaker Meeting, she worships in the tiny meeting of Newtown (tucked away in Montgomeryshire in rural mid-Wales). She was previously the tutor in practical theology at Woodbrooke and has been living out a concern for sustainability and simplicity over the last 25 years. Part of this has involved gradually reducing her carbon footprint to majority world levels in addition to finding ways to communicate the liberation possible through simplicity with grace, joy, and good humor.


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The Power of Hope

William McKibben predicts in his book Deep Economy that with the end of peak oil, people will become less concerned about belongings and more interested in belonging. This sounds like a welcome change in our culture. What did this country’s rate of consumption portend for the future of this planet anyway? True and meaningful change […]

Dan Michaud, a member of Old Chatham (N.Y.) Meeting, is a clinical social worker in a public mental health setting. He enjoys organic gardening and raising animals.


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Peak Oil

A few months ago, I gave a presentation at Alfred University about the global energy crisis. Before I began, I was curious to know if anyone in the crowd knew of the subject by its more common name: peak oil. A show of hands revealed that two people were familiar with the term, a surprising […]

Matthew Corson-Finnerty is a member of Germantown (Pa.) Meeting, currently attending Old Chatham (N.Y.) Meeting. He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University in Western N.Y. He is currently living and working in a Quaker Intentional Village in Canaan, N.Y. To learn more about the village, please visit its website http://​www​.qivp​.org. To learn more about Matthew’s work, please visit his blog http://​www​.worldofless​.blogspot​.com.


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Thriving in Community: Surviving Peak Oil and Climate Change

Five years ago, when Community Solutions first began researching and teaching about peak oil and climate change, these problems could more easily be ignored. The disconnect between the picture we were presenting of dangerous and destructive fossil fuel dependence and people’s daily lives could be maintained. Perhaps the crisis seemed too far off in distance […]

Megan Quinn Bachman is the outreach director of Community Solutions, a nonprofit organization based in Yellow Springs, Ohio, which provides knowledge and practices to support low-energy lifestyles. Its new book, Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change, and more information on its programs are available at http://www.communitysolution .org.


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The Oil Depletion Protocol: How Alternative Fuels Can End Our Wars

Access to petroleum has been mentioned again and again as the primary reason for our nation’s current military engagement in Iraq. However, little discussion or emphasis on oil has been a part of our nation’s negotiating position, other than requiring the Iraqi government to approve extremely favorable terms, tantamount to expropriation, in an oil agreement […]

David W. Pilbrow is clerk of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of North Meadow Circle of Friends in Indianapolis, Ind. He began educating himself about alternatives to oil at the beginning of the Iraq War. For the past three years he has served as a lobbyist for the Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation with a primary focus on an array of issues to support energy conservation, localized agriculture, and sustainable living. He retired from the Indiana State Department of Health in 2003 where he was editor of employee newsletters.


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A Quaker Family (Yours) Saves Energy

People in the United States, and Quakers in particular, are at a confluence of social, economic, and environmental events like none we have seen for decades. The rapid rise in gasoline and heating oil prices ($4.00 a gallon for gas, $4.65 for No. 2 heating oil as of June 1) over the last few months […]

Tom Wells, a green remodeler in Yardley, Pa., attends Fallsington (Pa.) Meeting.


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Life During the Decline of Oil

What is happening in this crazy world? We pay almost $100 to fill our gas tanks and thousands of dollars to heat our homes. Food prices are increasing at alarming rates, and there have even been rice shortages in Asia. People of all walks of life are affected, with the middle class being pushed closer […]

Ted Inoué, who lives in New Hope, Pa., is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor working as an energy efficiency consultant. He is a founding member of Virescent Communities, a nonprofit organization that is creating a blueprint for the national reduction of the carbon footprint of existing homes. When not analyzing houses, Ted enjoys riding his bicycle around the farmland of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


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Building a Low-Energy House

Our family lived in an old farmhouse for nearly 50 years. We spent

Don Laughlin is a member of West Branch (Iowa) Meeting. After release from Civilian Public Service in the 1940s, he and his wife, Lois, joined the staff of Scattergood Friends School for ten years. He also worked as a biomedical engineer at University of Iowa hospitals for 30 years. Now, his great concern is the environment and people’s individual attitudes and actions. He is currently part of a co-op that makes biodiesel fuel from used cooking oil.


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Friends and the Consumption and Generation of Electricity

My perception is that present discussion and advocacy among Friends concerning generating electricity has not matured into a robust discernment process. I hope to demystify some aspects of this topic, so that Friends who believe they lack the technical expertise to participate in this discussion will see they have a critically important role to play. […]

Gordon Thompson attends Yonge Street Meeting in Newmarket, Ont. He is the manager for business development for a company that manufactures equipment that switches and controls electricity. He is also the current chair of Canadian Friends Historical Association.


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