Quaker Earthcare Witness is a network of North American Friends (Quakers) and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies. Website: quakerearthcare.org.
Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) connects Friends who carry a concern for Earth, creating a supportive community for inspiring and empowering action while also providing a place for reflection and solace. QEW responds to critical issues of our time, such as climate change, biodiversity, ocean and soil depletion, and overpopulation, and acts on these concerns through a lens of environmental justice.
The QEW network has wide-ranging resources to share with Friends meetings and churches. QEW also seeks to educate and provoke action through the newsletter, BeFriending Creation; the earthcare curricula for adults and children; and other publications and social media. QEW offers $500 grants to individual Friends and groups who are working on an earthcare project, especially ones that promote environmental justice and youth.
During these past six months, as part of the recently launched QEW Presents! speakers bureau, QEW members have been visiting meetings around the United States to offer workshops on a range of topics, including the interconnections of the pandemic, regenerative agriculture, the power of silence, climate justice, and the financial and economic roots of the climate emergency. The speakers will continue to visit meetings virtually this spring and welcome invitations.
Starting in February, QEW has also been hosting monthly online worship sharing groups in partnership with Friends General Conference.
Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) works to connect Friends who are taking Spirit-led action on earthcare in North America and to inspire a Quaker response to the compounding crises of our times. QEW shares stories of Friends in action through print and online publications, like its quarterly newsletter BeFriending Creation, and it sponsors workshops and presentations in Quaker communities.
QEW has responded to the global pandemic and the racial justice uprising by asking big questions about its role in creating a more just world, the possibility of rapid change during a crisis, how it can better partner with the environmental justice movement and with frontline communities, and its role in institutionalized racism as a Friends organization.
In April, QEW hosted a successful online Steering Committee meeting of more than 60 Friends from across the United States and Canada. It also hosted a series of monthly online worship sharing opportunities in partnership with Friends General Conference.
This summer and fall, eight members of QEW are virtually visiting meetings around the United States to offer workshops on a range of topics: COVID-19 and climate change; regenerative agriculture; water; climate justice; the Work That Reconnects; the financial and economic roots of the climate emergency; and more. Workshop and presentation descriptions are available on the website.