The community of those who have integrated the tenets of Eco-philosophy into their daily lives is as various and vigorous as one might imagine. We comprise academics, tradespersons, healers, creative persons of all manner. The expression of Eco-philosophy finds great variety and vigor within this group.

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Praying the Earth Charter, Bev and Reg Ciokajlo (January 2010)

Leader: We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.

All: Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.

Leader: Humanity is part of a vast evolving universe, Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of life. The forces of nature make existence a demanding and uncertain adventure, but Earth has provided the conditions essential to life`s evolution. The resilience of the community of life and the well-being of humanity depend upon preserving a healthy biosphere with all its ecological systems, a rich variety of plants and animals, fertile soils, pure waters, and clean air,

All: Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.

Leader: The dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, the depletion of resources, and a massive extinction of species. Communities are being undermined. The benefits of development are not shared equitably and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Injustice, poverty, ignorance, and violent conflict are widespread and the cause of great suffering.

All: Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.

Leader: The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. Fundamental changes are needed in our values, institutions, and ways of living. We must realize that when basic needs have been met, human development is primarily about being more, not having more. We have the knowledge and technology to provide for all and to reduce our impacts on the environment.

All: Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.

Leader: To realize these aspirations, we must decide to live with a sense of universal responsibility, identifying ourselves with the whole Earth community as well as our local communities. We are at once citizens of different Nations and of one world in which the local and global are linked. Everyone shares responsibility for the present and future well-being of the human family and the larger living world. The spirit of human solidarity and kinship with all life is strengthened when we live with reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift- of life, and humility regarding the human place in nature.

All: Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.

PRAYER

Leader: We look to you, God of Mystery,
A presence of divine Wisdom
Standing under and within all creation
As though you were a "Mother Nature"
Caring for everything, holding everything in life and being
A loving presence Invisible
but always near.

We thank you for life
And we ask for an ever-growing love of life.
Give us a heart of gratitude that extends to all life and to the health
of our planet earth and all her life forms.
We see your strength at work in our world
But there are near infinite stretches of space
Where you sustain and guide a creation
Unknown to us and beyond our imagining.

All: We give thanks for this strength that
• Gives life to the world,
• Radiance to the cosmos
• And hope to the future.

In this new year may we continue to work together to realize our hopes for ourselves, our departments and the global society.

— Prayer adapted from "Prayers to She Who Is" by William Cleary.