By Marisol Cortez
Cross-posted from Deceleration
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We had gotten wind of this talk at a meeting on climate organizing in San Antonio, where we had picked up a flyer describing Boyce Simms as “an engaged Eco-Buddhist” who “works to transform anger and despair into compassion toward neighbors, communities, and the environment.” Given Deceleration‘s concern not just with questions of climate justice but with the affective (or inner/emotional) work required to sustain effective action in the face of mounting climate and social crises, we were intrigued.
By: By Marta Rusek
Cross-posted from Friends General Conference (FGC) “Words of Friends”
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“Friends have been at the epicenter of everything – abolition, civil rights, the the peace movement – and I think a large part of that has to do with the contemplative practice that comes with being Quaker,” [Boyce Simms] said.
In July, Simms will deliver the closing plenary presentation at FGC’s annual Gathering in Niagara, NY. Her talk will take audiences through the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation needed to experience unity with our planet.
By Pamela Boyce Simms
Cross Posted from Resilience.org @ The Postcarbon Institute
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Once upon a time, as climate change accelerated in the 21st century, the recognition that everyone was in the same boat with a hole at the bottom jolted some of your ancestors awake. Quaker, Buddhist, and Unitarian Universalist environmental activists quietly and methodically gathered an eclectic group of allies into an intentional circle that embraced marginalized populations, and scores of grassroots organizations throughout the African Diaspora.