Unity with Nature Committee

BYM has embraced Unity with Nature Committee's call for BYM worshipers to calculate your carbon footprint.

Unity with Nature Committee at Third Month 2016 Interim Meeting

The Unity with Nature Committee works to express concerns regarding the environment and our place within it.

Click to see the complete description of the Committee as it appears in the current Manual of Procedure.

Are Quakers Called to Live Sustainably? is a set of queries proposed by the Unity with Nature Committee to aid Friends.

Listed below are the current members of the Committee.

Deborah "Debbi" Sudduth, Clerk
Goose Creek Friends Meeting
Philip "Phil" Favero
Annapolis Friends Meeting
Karie Firoozmand
Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run
B. Eli Fishpaw
Maury River Friends Meeting
Kathy Fox
Maury River Friends Meeting
John Hudson
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting
Susan "Sue" Hunter
Deer Creek Friends Meeting
Munro Meyersburg
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting
Richard "Rick" Morgan
Bethesda Friends Meeting
Ann Payne
Frederick Friends Meeting
James "Jim" Wagner
Frederick Friends Meeting

Call to Calculate Carbon

With so much at stake, BYM's Unity with Nature Committee requests that BYM worshipers seek to determine their own carbon footprint as a witness to the impact of our own actions. We might also examine the carbon footprints of our local Friends meetings. This process will be challenging, interesting and meaningful. It will deepen our understanding of the consequences of our behaviors and help us prioritize our next steps on the path to a sustainable and just world for our children and for people who are most vulnerable to climate change.

Carbon Footprint Fact Sheet

For Friends, tracking our own carbon footprints can be a form of witness to our own actions. Each of us can show good faith by looking honestly at our lifestyles and how they impact the sustainability of the earth’s natural systems.

Next Steps Search

How do we show good faith in searching for next steps on our journey to our right relationship with creation?

In the spirit of evolving revelation, we have come to find our current practices and behaviors out of step with the right relationship to protect and enhance life resilience on Earth and a sustainable role for our human community.

The BYM Unity with Nature List Serve is being created for Friends of Baltimore Yearly Meeting to share our witness of current trends in our environment and the implications to our spirit in our search for the loving way forward. Our hope is that you will share your knowledge and provide a respectful testing for the discernment of others in the spirit of ongoing revelation. You can share and find support for your concern about the darkness. You can help build the vision of the love response that will protect and enhance our beloved creation and the opportunity for the lives of our descendants.

Click here to join.

If you have difficulty with request, send email unitywithnature@gmail.com with Join Request in the subject line.  The list manager will add you to the member list at your request.


25 Meetings of Baltimore Yearly Meeting Find Unity with Shared Quaker Statement "Facing the Challenge of Climate Change"

At Annual Session 2015, BYM embraced the Unity with Nature Committee’s request that Meetings actively consider unifying with the shared Quaker Statement “Facing the Challenge of Climate Change”, jointly authored by Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW), Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), and Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO). https://unitywithnaturebym.wordpress.com/shared-quaker-statement/

The Unity with Nature Committee asks all BYM worshipers to consider making a good faith effort to search for steps that will lead us in the direction of “Right Relationship with Creation” that will allow us to preserve the life resilience and integrity in our very blessed environment. https://nextstepsearch.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/next-steps-in-journey-to-right-relationship-with-creation/

At Annual Session 2014, BYM embraced the Unity with Nature’s request to discern Discernment on Right Relationship in preparation for Annual Session 2015 with that theme. 33 BYM local Meetings submitted spirit lead discernments. BYM Meetings respond to 2014 discernment request.

Are Quakers Called to Live Sustainably? is a set of queries proposed by the Unity with Nature Committee to aid Friends.

Facing the Challenge of Climate Change: A shared statement by Quaker groups
Explanation of Shared Statement by Quaker Groups by authors QEW, FCNL, & QUNO
List of Quaker Groups finding unity with Shared Statement beyond BYM
 
Local Meetings that have found unity with the statement:
Abingdon Friends Meeting
Annapolis Friends Meeting
Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run
Bethesda Friends Meeting
Blacksburg Friends Meeting
Charlottesville Friends Meeting
Dunnings Creek Meeting
Frederick Friends Meeting
Gettysburg Monthly Meeting
Goose Creek Friends Meeting
Gunpowder Friends Meeting
Herndon Friends Meeting
Homewood Friends Meeting
Little Falls Meeting of Friends
Mattaponi Friends Meeting
Maury River Friends Meeting
Midlothian Friends Meeting
Monongalia Friends Meeting
Norfolk Preparative Meeting
Patuxent Friends Meeting
Richmond Friends Meeting
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting
Takoma Park Preparative Meeting
Valley Friends Meeting
York Friends Meeting
 

 


31 QUAKER MEETINGS OF BYM RESPOND TO UNITY WITH NATURE COMMITTEE’S REQUEST FOR EACH LOCAL MEETING TO:

DISCERN ON CLIMATE CHANGE, RESOURCE DEPLETION, AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AT 2014 ANNUAL SESSIONS.

See their submissions.


Visioning Project Report

In 2010 and 2011, Baltimore Yearly Meeting undertook a project to consider the vision of the Yearly Meeting community. As a part of that project, each committee was asked to respond to a set of queries that had been promulgated by the ad hoc Visiting Ministers Committee. The Committee's responses are available here.