Quaker Earthcare Witness Annual Reports

The text of recently received Annual Reports are below, with the most recently received at the top and older reports below. To jump to a particular report, simply click the year listed below.

2012 Report 2013 Report 2014 Report 2015 Report 2016 Report

2016 Annual Report

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is a network of Friends in North America and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies.

Each Yearly Meeting appoints a representative to the Steering Committee. Currently, Toni Hudson serves as BYM's appointee and Barb Adams serves as the alternate. Neither were able to attend the 2015 Fall Gathering which was held in Loma LInda, California. Both Toni and Barb did attend the 2016 Spring Steering Committee Meeting in Chicago. BYM funds were used for travel by train and for registration. The Spring Meeting included committee and working group meetings. Presentations by Steering Committee members included those who attended the FWCC World Plenary Meeting in Peru, members who questioned the distribution of funds from the US pledge of $750 million for those impacted globally by climate change that was initiated at the Paris talks, and the ad hoc Population committee that is now the Population Working Group. The Population Working Group brought forward a minute supporting Planned Parenthood that was written and approved by the Durango Monthly Meeting, as well as a revised educational pamphlet on the impacts of population on climate change. The Working Group plans to send the Minute to the Yearly Meetings to be shared with their local Meetings. Another piece of business: NY Friend, Angela Manno, asked QEW for organizational support as she begins offering her webinar "Ecospirituality and Action" to a wider audience. QEW will be writing a letter of support and will continue to discern other ways to offer support.

QEW, with Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and Quaker United Nations Organization (QUNO), prepared the original Quaker Shared Statement on Climate Change for the Climate March and UN Climate talks in New York in September 2014. The Statement has been carried forward to Yearly Meetings and their local Meetings. QEW has coordinated slight changes in wording and the collection of sign-ons to the Statement. Local Meetings continue to sign-on, as led, to the Shared Statement that acknowledges our role in climate change, particularly through burning fossil fuels.

Quaker Earthcare Witness sees one of its roles as leading and coordinating Friends in participating in environmental activities and actions. When Pope Francis came to Washington, DC to address Congress, QEW coordinated the Quaker presence. Friends gathered together under the QEW banner on the Mall lawn to watch the jumbotrons and hear the Pope's words. The night before the Pope's address, Barb joined Roy Taylor, the clerk of QEW, for the Interfaith Vigil arranged by Interfaith Power and LIght.

During the 2015 Annual Session, the QEW display focused on the divestment of fossil fuels. Taking such an action by Friends was likened to the actions of Friends with regard to slavery. On the table was the pamphlet, prepared by QEW, about fossil fuel divestment, including links to investments that are fossil free. Also available was a sheet with QEW's Three Challenges for local Meetings. One of the challenges is to go fossil free, both as a Meeting and individually.

Friends are reminded that Quaker Earthcare Witness is a rich resource for all things environmental. Pamphlets on many issues are available on the web site. All of the pamphlets on aspects of population have been updated this year. The current newsletter, BeFriending Creation, and past issues are also on the site. There are links to Facebook, Twitter and a discussion page.

QEW is reaching out with more resources, ways to communicate and opportunities to address the ecological and social crises of the world. It is hoped that more BYM Friends will be able ot connect with this environmental organization which is leading with a truly Quaker perspective.

Toni Hudson (Sandy Spring) and Barb Adams (Richmond)

2015 Annual Report

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is a network of Friends in North America and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies.

Each Yearly Meeting appoints a representative to the Steering Committee. Toni Hudson serves as BYM's appointee and Eli Fishpaw serves as the alternate. Barb Adams is a rising alternate.

Toni attended the Fall Gathering which was held at Pendle Hill. Barb attended the Spring Steering Committee meeting held at Ann Arbor Monthly Meeting. BYM funds were used for travel and registration. QEW Friends come from all over to gather, share stories, participate in committee meetings, and spend time in worship and fellowship. There are wonderful (and Earth-friendly) vegetarian meals, times of silence and celebration, and opportunities to learn about and discuss a wide range of concerns and emerging responses on behalf of our planet. The Fall Gathering featured leaders from EQAT, FCNL and QUNO who inspired and energized participants. They represented some of the Quaker organizations who signed on to the Shared Statement on Climate Change.

At the Steering Committee Meeting this spring, Barb focused on learning about the working process of QEW and the Steering Committee gathering. During the weekend, members participated in a series of Meetings for Worship for Business to discuss full and varied agendas and the outcome of breakout sessions of working groups and subcommittees. Discussions included the interface of technology during worshipful times; whether to sign - with FCNL - the letter opposing the Ryan-Hatch Fast Track bill; issues related to support for the UNFCC Green Climate Fund; and revisions of a number of QEW publications. Sharing meals and worship with Ann Arbor Meeting members, staying in the home of a Meeting member, and spending a day at the Ann Arbor retreat center added depth and fellowship to the experience.

QEW has updated and expanded its website to include access to its journal (Be-Friending Creation), an archive of its Eco-Bulletins, its pamphlets and Resources for Earthcare Action. Print copies of these can be ordered on-line, as well. The site now features a blog which encourages Meetings to share their environmental actions and is on Facebook and Twitter. At the 2014 BYM Annual Session there was a display that featured back issues of Be-Friending Creation, copies of the pamphlets and information about resources. When the Unity with Nature committee introduced their request for BYM to embrace the request for local meetings to discern their response to climate change, environmental degradation and resource depletion, Friends were reminded of the rich resources of QEW.

As a result of attending QEW gatherings, we have met many Friends who are working to bring about Right Relationship with Creation. These contacts have been a resource for BYM Unity with Nature Committee. At Annual Session the committee, as well as the Yearly Meeting, benefited from a workshop led by Roy Taylor, the clerk of QEW. "Transformation and Healing of Creation" prepared Friends for the request of local meetings to discern climate change.

A number of BYM Friends attended the Climate March in New York City on September 21. QEW coordinated the Quaker presence and led Friends with the Quaker Earthcare Witness banner. QEW has led a Quaker effort to present a Shared Statement on Climate Change and encourages Yearly and Local Meetings to sign on to it. Three Challenges have recently been prepared for individuals and local Meetings, with suggested actions to encourage Friends to set an example or witness to those outside of Meetings. These, we hope, will be shared with BYM on the Unity with Nature resource page.

QEW is reaching out with more resources, ways to communicate and opportunities to address the ecological and social crises of the world. It is hoped that more BYM Friends will be able to connect with this environmental organization which is leading with a truly Quaker perspective.

Toni Hudson, Eli Fishpaw, Barb Adams


2014 Annual Report

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is a network of Friends in North America and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies.

Each Yearly Meeting appoints a representative to the Steering Committee. Toni Hudson serves as BYM's appointee and Eli Fishpaw serves as the alternate. Toni attended the Steering Committee Meeting this Spring and the Fall Gathering last October. QEW Friends come from all over to gather, share stories, participate in committee meetings, and spend time in worship and fellowship. There are wonderful (and Earth-friendly) vegetarian meals, times of silence and celebration, and opportunities to learn about and discuss a wide range of concerns and emerging responses on behalf of our planet. Both sessions were held in Chicago at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center and BYM funds were used for train travel and registration.

Each representative serves on a committee and a working group. Toni is on the Nominating Committee and the FCNL working group. John Hudson, a QEW member-at-large, is on the Outreach Committee, and serves a a QEW delegate to FCNL. Both Toni and John attended the FCNL Fall Lobby in Washington, DC. QEW participated in the revisions to the FCNL policy statement.

QEW has updated and expanded its website to include access to its journal (Be-Friending Creation), an archive of its Eco-Bulletins, its pamphlets and Resources for Earthcare Action. Print copies of these can be ordered on-line, as well. The site now features a blog which encourages Meetings to share their environmental actions and is on Facebook and Twitter. At the 2013 BYM Annual Session there was a display that featured back issues of Be-Friending Creation, copies of the pamphlets and information about resources.

As a result of attending QEW gatherings, we have met many Friends who are working to bring about Right Relationship with Creation. These contacts have been a resource for our BYM Unity with Nature Committee. Two Friends, who are heavily invested in their leadings, came to us to share their expertise and enthusiasm in workshops at the 2013 Annual Session. Ruah Swennerfelt, who lives in Vermont and was the General Secretary of QEW for many years, is now involved in the Transition Movement. The Movement seeks to have communities find ways that they can prepare for a future without fossil fuels. The other Friend, Ed Dreby, came from Philadephia Yearly Meeting to share the Growth Dilemma Project. He and other Friends share through the Project the need for a new way to deal with our economy - one that does not rely on continuous growth in a world of limited resources. BYM funds helped to pay for these Friends registration, travel and accommodations.

QEW is reaching out with more resources, ways to communicate and opportunities to address the ecological and social crises of the world. It is hoped that more BYM Friends will be able to connect with this environmental organization with a truly Quaker perspective.


2013 Annual Report

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is an organization that draws Friends from across the U.S. and Canada who are concerned with living in Right Relationship with all Creation. Supporters have a wide variety of interests and expertise that are shared at two face-to face-meetings each year, in print publications, on the web site and by e-mail discussion groups. QEW works to put its concerns in the context of the Quaker testimonies, especially the truth that human aspirations for peace and justice depend upon restoring the earth’s ecological integrity.

Each Yearly Meeting appoints a representative and alternative to the Steering Committee. Both BYM appointees, Toni and John Hudson, attended the late June 2012 Steering Committee meeting in Boston, hosted by Cambridge Monthly Meeting. BYM funds were used for train travel and registration.

This was the first year that QEW coordinated its meeting with the Friends General Conference Gathering. The Gathering was held in Providence RI just as the Steering Committee meeting ended. It was hoped that more QEW members could be a presence at the FGC Earthcare Center. In 2013 QEW will meet in Greeley CO prior to the FGC Gathering there.

The Steering Committee meeting was focused on personnel issues this year and was very intense. One of the three employees, the editor of BeFriending Creation, was retiring. Most of QEW business is done via Skype calls and the internet and this was an opportunity to be in worshipful meeting for business.

Each Steering Committee member serves on a committee and a Working Group. Toni is on the Nominating Committee and John serves on Outreach. Both are on the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Working Group and attended both the FCNL Fall Lobby in November and the Spring Lobby on Climate Change in March.

At the 2012 BYM Annual Session, Eli Fishpaw replaced John Hudson as the BYM alternate to QEW. Eli, Toni and John traveled to Chicago in October for the QEW Annual Meeting. Eli and Toni’s train travel and registration were partially funded by BYM. At the meeting John was named an At-Large Representative. Eli was given the opportunity to explore committees and working groups.

The highlight of the 2012 Annual Session was the celebration of 25 years of QEW. Some of the original group of Friends gathered to tell stories of how Friends Committee on Unity with Nature (FCUN) began at the Friends General Conference Gathering at Oberlin College. FCUN would later be called Quaker Earthcare Witness.

As a result of attending QEW meetings, we have met many Friends who are working to bring about a Right Relationship with Creation. These contacts are a resource for our BYM Unity with Nature Committee. This year the committee was able to arrange for Ed Dreby from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to do a workshop on the “Growth Dilemma Project” and Ruah Swennerfelt, former QEW General Secretary, to do a workshop on “Quakers in Transition”. BYM funds are helping with travel expenses, bringing a little bit of QEW to BYM Friends.

Toni Hudson, (Sandy Spring)
BYM Representative


2012 Annual Report

No report received.