Join us in Affirming the Sacred Together
Join us on June 12 from noon to 1:00 pm US Eastern for our online webinar featuring Rev. Jayna Gieber, ordained in the Order of Interbeing and a leader in the Earth Holder’s Sangha. Jayna will be offering guided meditations in the style of Zen master Thích Nhất Hạnh that develop our ability to skillfully connect with the climate crisis and avail ourselves to the heart’s natural response. Space is limited so if you’re not able to get in, come back to this page where we will post the recording.
As one of many Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust events happening around the world, we’ll come together in spiritual practice to inspire compassionate action on climate change and environmental justice issues. Six months after the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, we can affirm the sacred together and deepen our commitment to the health of the Earth and all beings.
Faith Groups Finding Their Voice
As we mentioned in a previous post on these events, world religions have had a mixed track record when it comes to moving forward the causes of justice, peace and the protection of all that is sacred. So we can rejoice in the growing movement of faith groups who are calling all of us to put aside that which divides and answer the moral call of our time: swift, decisive action on climate change. Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust is a world-wide collection of events taking place on June 12 and is being organized by our partners at GreenFaith. You can read more about the call for an ethical response to climate change in our recent post authored by GreenFaith’s director, Reverend Fletcher Harper.
Events are already showing up on the map (see map below!). Many are church services around the world will be devoted to embracing care for the Earth as part of spiritual practice. Others are public demonstrations. For instance, people will come together in Santiago, Chile’s central square for the first multi-faith environment action. In Rio, scientists, faith communities and school children will come together for an action in Guanabara Bay. Still others are undertaking a personal commitment to go without as they fast together in solidarity with those affected by climate change. As Sacred Earth falls within the holy month of Ramadan, the muslim community will be joining by taking part in a Green Iftar. Iftar is the evening breaking of the fast and the Green Iftar will be celebrate the Prophetic Diet – focusing on sustainable and local foods.
Mindfulness and Buddhist centers are joining in as well, for example:
- The Charlotte Buddhist Vihara and Great Woods Zen center are organizing an event to “reconnect with nature in a half day of meditation and reflection, and to bless this precious earth. A group photo will be posted with the hashtag #SacredEarth2016.”
- The Boulder Ecodharma Sangha, Our Sacred Earth, and StarHouse are collaborating on an all day event to “generate positive inspiration, take spiritual action, and deeply connect with what it means to live our lives in harmony with all nature and steward the earth.” The day will include an opportunity to do volunteer work on StarHouse land, enjoy a picnic lunch with live music, meditate, explore climate action, and dance!
If you decide to gather folks together, let us know by sending an email to gro.a1614820871hgnas1614820871htrae16148208711@tce1614820871nnoc1614820871 and firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll make sure you get a star on the map! And be sure to snap a photo and share it out with #SacredEarth2016.
Affirm the Sacred Together:
Practice with One Earth Sangha
At noon US Eastern time, we’ll gather for this video webinar for an hour of practice featuring Rev. Jayna Gieber. We’ll open with some framing of this event and how it relates to a world waking up to spiritual engagement and then, in practices from the Thích Nhất Hạnh tradition, move into some chanting led by Peter Nickol, an Order of Interbeing aspirant, and guided meditation offered by Rev. Jayna.