Invitation to 4 days of intentional community
Aug 22-26, 2018 (Wed eve to Sun eve)
At Sun Moon Farm, Rindge NH
We are gathering a small group of Friends from across New England committed to prophetic climate action.
We are gathering, not to consider ways and means of action and witness, but to nurture the ground out of which fresh witness can arise: worship, learning, community, and time on the land.
During this time, we will live simply but fully together: pray, work, eat, learn, sing and laugh together. Sun Moon farm and its community are hosting us warmly, offering space to sleep, camp, cook and meet; every day we will give our labor to help them cultivate the land, while we cultivate our spirits and relationships.
Every day will include some time for study and dialogue:
- Spirit-led nonviolence as the grounding for climate action
- Linking racial healing with climate action
- The nature of the prophetic in the Christian and Quaker tradition
We know that some can’t come for the full 4 days; we ask that you commit to no fewer than 2 days’ attendance. Come prepared to help with the cooking, and to donate as led towards food expenses (we suggest something in the range of $20-$40/day).
Further details on activities and schedules will be coming in mid-July. We will host a conversation over a meal at New England Yearly Meeting sessions for those who are in Castleton, VT then.
PCAWG, the Prophetic Climate Action Working Group
PS. Friends, we have taken much inspiration for this gathering from Gandhi’s ashrams. This description speaks to our intents in joining together in August: “The ashrams Gandhi established served as laboratories where he and his colleagues experimented with nonviolence as an alternative way of life. In these small monastic communities of men and women living according to absolute vows he sought to lay the ground-work for an egalitarian social organisation and economy, and to develop an education system that reflected the Indian genius. The ashrams provided economic and moral support as well as fostering the discipline and awareness necessary for their members to sustain grassroots civil disobedience. Gandhi saw the need in the tradition-bound, rigidly hierarchical Indian society, for a moral sanction able to inspire people to help themselves. He believed ashramic life, based on mutuality, simplicity and hard work, would nurture an asceticism that could be channelled through positive action to reform society.” – from the e-book “Gandhi and His Ashrams” (Thomson,1993; https://www.mkgandhi.org/ebks/Gandhi_and_his_Ashrams.pdf)