Entries in Quaker Environmental Activity (6)
That phrase, “tender mercies”, came to mind a couple of months ago, as I was looking at a blog entry written by a couple of Friends in Michigan.
…It came to my mind a second time a week or so later, when one Friend raised the issue of nuclear power right here on this site, and another Friend responded by defending nuclear as an answer to global warming.
The phrase was one of John Woolman’s favorites….
…If we humans were all to die over the next four years for want of pollinating bees to renew our crops, or for any other reason, those of us whose lives were dedicated to the service of God would surely be mobilized, and endowed with spiritual gifts, to give extraordinary service to our spiritually and materially distressed neighbors. Are you ready for your spiritual gifts?
What would those spiritual gifts be?
Yesterday, Friend Angela Manno of New York Yearly Meeting (FGC / FUM), contributed a posting to the “earthwitness matters” discussion page here on this site, condemning nuclear energy as an “abomination” and citing her reasons for doing so.
This was an important posting, I believe — particularly because it comes at a time when the winds in Quaker circles seem to be blowing in an opposite direction.
We Omaha Friends held our special session on environmental issues on Sunday, October 8, which was the Sunday after we considered our yearly meeting’s environmental advice and query. This, in essence, turned our special session into a deeper look at the query.
I made no attempt to control the direction of the discussion. My sense was that the members and attenders of our meeting needed to talk out their ideas and feelings and work out their answers without being pressured or forced.
What emerged from the discussion were five lines of inquiry, each of which interested a different subset of our circle —
Dear readers all, please share with me what you hear and feel the inward Guide saying about environmental matters in your own hearts and consciences.
There is something about not being listened to that can provoke a crisis of self-confidence.
We look for other sources of the Nile, then….