Meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm
This is a group of individuals committed
to co-creating a sustainable future for the earth and all of
life, beginning first with an awareness of the interconnection
of all things. The Earth Team sponsors educational events throughout
the year to demonstrate how we as consumers can create a more
promising future for our planet. A special focus is maintained
on projects that will enhance our own diverse bioregion.
... creating awareness of the inter-connection of all things and sponsoring projects related to the environment & justice.
We are a group of committed Jubilant's working to co-create a sustainable future for the earth and all life. We do this by raising our consciousness and empowering ourselves to pursue efforts that support environmental, economic and social endeavors that are earth honoring.
To uphold our mission, we intend:
To create awareness and understanding of our inter-connectedness through education, discussion and study.
To pursue activities which will connect us with each other and the natural world.
To support our actions with prayers, love and meditation.
To imagine and invent creative solutions to earth problems. As Einstein said “Problems often cannot be solved on the same level of understanding in which they were created.”
To provide a way for others and ourselves to use time, skills and financial contributions to support local, regional and global projects.
To transform our attitudes and actions to support the self-healing of the earth. As Gandhi said “We must be the change we want to see in the world.”
To simplify our lives and walk gently on the earth.
To reach out and encourage others to join us in these actions.
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The environmental crisis is real.
We have an ethical and spiritual obligation to respond to this crisis.
We envision a better future and are empowered to make a difference in the world.
Environmental issues are inseparable from social and economic justice issues.
In our hearts, we have a deep knowing that the problems of humanity and the earth are solvable.
We affirm that we are all one with God, each other, the earth and all life.
Together we can develop the will to solve the problems of the earth using present resources and technology.
We support non-violent actions.
This work is an important priority. We are committed to the necessary effort to sustain life for future generations and ourselves.
We affirm that living in harmony with natural cycles will increase our appreciation and enjoyment of life and enhance our well being.
…Please join us in this faith-based endeavor to honor and celebrate the earth.
Our meetings include:
An opening meditation with reflection
Discussion of projects and events
All Are Welcome
So if you are passionate about the Earth and justice for all life, consider joining the Earth Team. For further information and times and places of our meetings and events please send an
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hosting and sponsoring activities that educate the community about:
The New Cosmology
Celebrating the Universe Story with dance, walk and movement
Earth-friendly tips for simple living
Outdoor experiences to explore our bioregion – The Blue Ridge Province of the Southern Appalachians
Advocating for clean air and clean water
Earth friendly products
Earth awareness activities, e.g., hikes
Sponsor earth awareness events with other groups
Sponsor and participate in Organicfest
- . Celebrated World Water Day by having Jubilants pool samples of water
from many different sources. This symbol of connectedness was then blessed
by both Howard Hanger and a Yoruba priestess. The was then purified for use
- . Used a segment from a Bioneers film about the oceans, explored
Joanna Macy's "Truth Mandala," and made commitment pledges.
- . Hosted a community visioning session attended by 300 persons and led
- . Conducted a series of 12 classes using Brian Swimme's inspiring
video series "Creation of the Cosmos" together with music and ritual.
- . Keynoted the Mountain Area Interfaith Forum's Earth Day celebration.
- . Cosponsored a series of 7 classes on "Reconnecting with Earth" based
on materials from the Northwest Earth Institute.
- . Cosponsored (with the Arts Team) the theatrical performance by the
Affording Hope Project called "Leaps & Bounds" about "how faith speaks to
our deepening ecological & economic crises."
- . Listened to local filmmakers who showed parts of their 2010 movie
"On Coal River" on mountaintop removal.
- . Hosted the "Ashevillage Town Meeting" which focused on
re-envisioning and planning a more sustainable city. (200 attendees heard
speakers Starhawk, Julia Butterfly Hill, and others).
- . Assisted Riverlink in cleaning up the French Broad River.
- . Coordinated trail maintenance and other outdoor experiences.
- . Advocated for clean air and clean water legislation on local, state,
and national levels.
- . Learned how restructuring utility rates in North Carolina could
result in vast reductions of statewide energy consumption from Avram
Friedman of the Canary Coalition.
- . Challenged Jubilants to conserve energy. Using an image of our
mountain scenery covered by smokestacks and smog-each bit of "smog" was
progressively removed by any Jubilant who had conserved energy, writing on
the back of the gray paper what they had done (e.g., changed to compact
fluorescents, took bus instead of a car, etc.).
- . Showed the film "Kilowatt Ours" and held brainstorming about energy
- . Pursued a "Take Back the Tap" (anti-bottled water campaign) that
included showing the documentaries "Flow" and "Thirst," holding a
comparative "Water Taste Test" on Earth Day. More than 100 Jubilants pledged
not to buy bottled water.
- . Learned of anti-drought solutions from Sherry Ingram and about
rainwater harvesting from Brad Lancaster.
- . Toured a home modeling sustainability with multiple rain barrels and
raised bed gardens.
- . Over 5 Saturday mornings, conducted a series of "Earth Kinship"
permaculture classes designed for youths and adults which covered natural
building, water catchment, worm bins, composting, fruit trees, wild plant
walk, and community gardening.
- . Distributed ideas from Interfaith Power & Light for observing a
"Carbon Fast" for Lent.
. Showing a series of environmental films, including "The Power of
Community: How Cuba Faced the Challenge of Peak Oil."
- . Led discussion groups on Rob Hopkins' "Transition Handbook" as an
introduction to the international Transition movement.
- . Heard from Dr. John Brock (Warren Wilson College's Environmental
Studies program) about the evidence for climate change.
- . Explored "The True Cost of Coal" led by members of the Beehive
- . Studied the possibilities, benefits, and legality of green funerals
- . Sold such Earth-friendly products as CFLs and stainless water
bottles, and fair trade products such as chocolates & coffees.
- . Sponsored a series on "Food as Sacred," celebrating the economic,
environmental, and spiritual benefits of eating locally grown organic
food-with Sr. Miriam Therese McGillis.
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Ways To Honor The Earth
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Turn off all unnecessary lights.
Take quick showers instead of baths.
Install water-efficient showerheads.
Turn down your hot water heater.
Recycle household items and use recycled products.
Bring canvas bags to the grocery store.
Drive low emission vehicles.
Turn your lawn into a garden with all the species that are already there.
Avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Compost kitchen and garden waste.
Use kitchen scraps to raise earthworms.
Borrow items you don't use often.
Maintain and repair items you own.
Write letters to the editor expressing your concern about the earth justice issues.
Donate time and money to humanitarian or environmental organizations.
Buy locally produced foods.
Eat lower on the food chain.
Educate yourself about earth justice issues and what you can do to help.
Simplify your life.
- Pray for the earth.
- Walk or use a bicycle when possible.