Exploring Reverence for the Web of Life as a Spiritual Path for the 21st Century

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Tile from the Alhambra
celebrating the spiritual truth of interwovenness


Exploring Different Dimensions of Reverence for Life / Eco-Spirituality

Dennis Rivers, Editor

Four Prayers of Opening and  Seven Mandalas Exploring Reverence for Life explore an approach to the life of prayer taught by many sacred teachers over the centuries, including both Jesus and the great Hindu saint Ramakrishna, that the central task of the spiritual life is to open more deeply to the infinite grace continually flowing from God to every human heart in every moment. 

Teams-of-Two: A Model for Personal Unfolding, Citizen Activism and Social Transformation,  explains our vision of organizing our participants into independent supportive pairs.

Companions in the Storm, Companions-in-Blessing explores twelve of the deeper dimensions of spiritual friendship, in the context of our need to work together to protect the web of life from runaway industrialization. Ecology and biology show us how all life is woven together. But many of us work on the great ecology, peace and justice issues of our time as isolated individuals. The EcoBodhi community is a decentralized network that seeks to encourage the deepening of active, friend-to-friend (mutual support) relationships, rather than the development of passive, follower-to-authority-figure relationships.

The Ecology of Ecology Movements is an evolving blueprint for building a sustainable ecological advocacy and action groups, based on my experiences and struggles campaigning against nuclear weapons for thirty years. I hope this blueprint will help people everywhere build enduring organizations and communities that celebrate and protect the web of life. We are using this blueprint to support the unfolding of the Deep Green Awakening community.

A Declaration of Interdepedence by Scott Eastham (1987)

Infinity Hidden in a Speck explores the idea of as-yet unrealized resources and abilities hidden in our trillions of cells and their quadrillions of connections.

EcoBodhisattva Meditations and Creative Questions



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Prayer Evolving

Five Personal Explorations of the Future of Prayer (1995)  — free PDF ebook
— book by Dennis Rivers — was one of the seeds of the Deep Green Awakening idea
 


Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy on Gratitude as a Revolutionary Act


Many-faith resources for ecology/environment/social justice/peace/sustainability

Please note: Inclusion of a work as a resource in our online library is based on our appreciation and gratitude for a person’s contribution to public knowledge, art, spiritual inspiration and/or ecological wisdom and advocacy, and does not indicate knowledge, approval or endorsement of this web site by the person or organization whose works we have included, quoted or referenced.  Neither does it mean that we agree with everything that they have said or written in the course of their lifetimes, or that they agree with everything that we have said and written. 

Books, sermons, speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

JoannaMacy.net one of the outstanding ecological/spiritual thinkers of our time. Her online library of articles and videos will introduction you to her books and her vision of ecological action in our time, “The Work That Reconnects.”  Also see, Joanna Macy and The Work That Reconnects — Exploring A Path Toward Compassionate Resilience .

MollyYoungBrown.com Molly Young Brown teaches Psychosynthesis and Ecospirituality. Her books and essays include insights for finding one’s way in a world that is unraveling.

DharmaGaians a library of eco-spiritual writing by Suzanne Duarte

Ecobuddhism.org A Buddhist response to global warming. Large library of resources, including “A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change.” The Declaration that presents to the world’s media a unique spiritual view of climate change and our urgent responsibility to address the solutions. It emerged from the contributions of over 20 Buddhist teachers of all traditions to the book A Buddhist Respose to the Climate Emergency. The Time to Act is Now was composed as a pan-Buddhist statement by Zen teacher Dr David Tetsuun Loy and senior Theravadin teacher Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi with scientific input from Dr John Stanley.

Ecoversity , in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a non-profit educational center which explores and demonstrates concepts of sustainable living, ecological design, and responsibility for the wise stewardship of the Earth. Established in 1999, Ecoversity focuses on practices and solutions designed to regenerate the Earth and revitalize the human spirit.

GreenFaith.org Interfaith resources about caring for the environment.

CreationCare.org The Evangelical Environmental Network

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center Catholic Environmental Resources

The Ecozoic Times Allysyn Kiplinger’s blog/magazine/library celebrating “the new era of mutually enhancing Human-Earth relations.”

 

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

 

GreenPeace

 

Earth Island Institute

 

Friends of the Earth

 

EarthLight Library

 

UN Children’s Fund

 

Oxfam UK

 

Oxfam USA

 

Nonviolent Peace Force

 

A World Without Armies

 

Cooperative Communication

 

Support Geneva Conventions

 

Positive Deviance Initiative

 

Care

 

American Friends Service Committee

September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows