Quakers in Central and Southern Africa
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Latest Activity: Feb 28
Started by Rory Short Mar 4, 2012.
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How can I access the booklet "Living Adventurously" online? I keep trying to find it but without success?
David I see, like many Friends, that you are concerned about peace and ecojustice. Since my childhood I too have been concerned that we humans should live in harmony with the rest of creation. Sadly modern humans are collectively very far from doing so. The problem however is not just at an individual level it is also at a systemic level. We have created systems that are continuously destructive of the environment and definitely not sustainable in the long term but as individuals we are totally dependent upon them for our current existence. Fossil fuel energy systems are a case in point. So for example every time I switch on an electrical appliance or travel in motor transport or consume the products of modern agriculture I am supporting the people who are, through their participation in systems which consume fossil fuel, contributing to global warming. Consequently, unless I totally divorce myself from the current world, something that is not possible in practice, my options, at an individual level, are extremely limited and not only that the people who create and maintain these systems are doing everything that they possibly can to perpetuate them. Objectively they are committing crimes not only against humanity but also against Nature itself. The reality is that unless we change these systems we will join Nature's long list of evolutionary experiments which failed.
Further queries - Are SA Friends involved in any way with http://www.safcei.org.za/ ? or http://www.pacja.org/ ?
I am glad to see the report of the Kabarak conference here. I have had little luck in previous attempts (in 2011) to contact CSAYM, but perhaps this time will get lucky. What followup is going on among SA Friends in response to the Kabarak call for peace and ecojustice? Are they helping SACC in interfaith ecojustice work in any way? Take a look at FWCCAmericas.org for example: the "Living Waters" gatherings. Both there and at Quakerearthcare.org we would be glad to hear from you.
Hi Friends, Emily and I have joined the US Peace Corps and we expect to arrive in South Africa on 1/26. As we pack (only 36 kg each), we would love to correspond with anyone who has advice or prayers to offer. I am a lifelong Friend (member Concord NH http://concordfriendsmeeting.org/) and my wife is a Unitarian minister. For the last two years we have been teaching at an amazing Friends boarding school (TheMeetingSchool.org).
Many thanks, Richard Kleinschmidt
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