(This is the fourth in a series of 12 monthly queries developed by Pacific Yearly Meeting.)
It would go along way to caution and direct people in their use of the world, that they were better studied and knowing in the Creation of it. For how could [they] find the confidence to abuse it, while they should see the Great Creator stare them in the face, in all and every part thereof? William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude, 1693
God is revealed in all Creation. We humans belong to the whole interdependent community of life on earth. Rejoice in the beauty, complexity, and mystery of creation, with gratitude to be part of its unfolding. Take time to learn how this community of life is organized and how it interacts. Live according to the principles of right relationship and right action within this larger whole.
Be aware of the influence humans have on the health and viability of life on earth. Call attention to what fosters or harms earth’s exquisite beauty, balances, and interdependencies. Guided by Spirit, work to translate this understanding into ways of living that reflect our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.
In what ways do I express gratitude for the wondrous expressions of life on earth?
Do I consider the damage I might do to the Earth’s vulnerable systems in choices I make of what I do, what I buy, and how I spend my time?
In our witness for the global environment, are we careful to consider justice and the well-being of the world’s poorest people?
Does our way of life threaten the viability of life on Earth?
(Note: Some queries are intended for individuals. The italicized portion of the queries above is intended for the Meeting collectively.)