An online book club event focusing on Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee's new e-book, The Handbook for Survivalists: Caring for the Earth - a Series of Meditations. We will read passages of the book together, reflect and discuss, and share simple practices for reconnecting with Earth as sacred. Open to all.
This is an online event: You will receive the zoom link 2 hours before the start time.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Ph.D. is the author of many books including Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth and Including the Earth in Our Prayers: A Global Dimension to Spiritual Practice. The focus of his writing and teaching is on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition.
His new book, A Handbook for Survivalists: Caring for the Earth, a Series of Meditations is about the values we need to survive this time of radical uncertainty as we help to seed a future in which the soul of humanity returns to its rightful place in harmony with the earth, the sun, the stars, the wind and the rain.
“A timely real-world primer on how the light we call Spirit is our greatest tool in rebuilding the world. […] This book will quench and sustain and bring us closer together.”
Mark Nepo (author of More Together Than Alone)
This simple online gathering will focus on the message of love and remembrance this book offers. You are invited to download and read the book in advance. We will read passages from the book, reflect on them together, and share some silence and simple practices for reconnecting with Earth as sacred.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee describes the book and his motivation for writing it: “I wrote this little book while under a wildfire fire evacuation warning, with bags packed, It explores the true nature of our survival at this pivotal moment in our shared journey together with the Earth. The present pandemic and its accompanying economic crisis, together with widespread wildfires and flooding, have shown the fragility of our global systems and a dangerous imbalance with the natural world. Lengthening food lines and burned buildings, smoke filled skies, have given us a foretaste of a future of climate crisis and radical uncertainty. What are the real values we need at this time when confronted by the divisiveness of our present culture in which the poor suffer most, and how can we transition into a future which respects the more-than-human world to which we belong?
The book offers a love story for the Earth. We can help the world remember what our culture has forgotten—how the soil, the seeds, the rivers and the stars all carry a central message of love. In all its diverse forms, its different ways of being and breathing, the living Earth is a celebration of love. And now it is calling out to us, crying to us to remember its sacred nature.”
“Every sentence of this book of meditations is luminous. I found myself washed in peace and filled with hope. Highly recommended for our tumultuous times.”
GIFT BOOKS FOR YOUNG SPIRITUAL ECOLOGISTS! We have 10 copies of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s earlier book Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices to Reawaken the Sacred in Everyday Life to give away. The copies will go to the first ten people to write a very short book review of A Handbook for Survivalists: Caring for the Earth, a Series of Meditations and post it on social media. You need to be UK based and under the age of 40. The book review needs to be 150 words minimum and you need to post it on social media with a link to the handbook. (Please tag St Ethelburga’s if you can). Then either take a screen shot and email it, or take a photo of the post with your mobile phone and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with your UK home postal address. If you are one of the first ten, we will post you your book!
This spiritual ecology book club event is an online gathering.
You will receive the zoom link 2 hours before the start time.
Facilitated by Justine Huxley, CEO of St Ethelburga’s Centre. Justine’s approach is focussed on the need to face the profound uncertainty of our times, to dig deeply into our values, and to live from a place of interbeing that can transcend the deepening divisions in our world and embrace Earth as sacred. Her first book, Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change is a collection of interviews with young people living a radical new vision of faith and action. Justine has a Ph.D in psychology and previously worked in academia and the business world.
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