In 2017, Skylar Wilson, Jennifer Listug and I launched the Order of the Sacred Earth and brought together a number of authors to respond to our opening essays in a book that put forward our vision of OSE. The book is called Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action.
We invited David Korten to offer a Foreword to the book and here is part of what he had to say.
“I promise to be the best lover and defender of Mother Earth that I can be.” Might this sacred pledge required of those who join the Order of the Sacred Earth save humanity and our Earth Mother? It is surely worth a try.
Individually, we are powerless against the forces of death wrought by human greed and violence in humanity’s ultimately self-destructive war against life. Only by acting together as lovers and defenders of our Earth mother, will life prevail.
If you are drawn to this book, you likely know that our human relationship to Earth is in urgent need of serious healing. Eco-anxiety—a chronic fear of environmental doom—is surfacing as a reality-based, pervasive psychological malady.
I now commonly encounter people asking the ultimate question—has the relationship between Earth and humans already passed beyond the point of no return?
The essays and reflections that Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson and Jennifer Listug bring together in this book hold true to their promise to prospective members of the Order of the Sacred Earth of an open, creative process of inquiry, love, and action. But the diversity of perspectives can be confusing. As I read the book, I found myself asking, “What’s the point? Out of these readings, what am I expected to believe or do?”
Given rapidly growing climate instability, species extinction, and depletion of soils, fresh water, forests, and fisheries, there is good reason to believe it has. If we accept that conclusion, however, we turn our fear into a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more responsible choice is to act with urgency, wisdom, courage, and love as mystic warriors in the cause of life and living Earth….
Yet by the time I reached the end, I had begun to see the wisdom of the open, emergent process that Matt, Skylar, and Jennifer are advancing. They are inviting all seekers of peace, truth, love, and healing—irrespective of past loyalties and affiliations—to join in the common cause of healing Earth guided by an emergent understanding of what Matt calls Creation Spirituality.
I have long felt an affinity with Creation Spirituality. Only as I read this book, however, did I begin to grasp the deep significance of the joining of these two words…. The two words, Creation Spirituality, help us to find common ground as spiritual activists.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson, Jennifer Listug, Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action, pp. viif.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Drought, hurricane, wildfire, and rising seas: Earth in distress and out of balance. Images from Pixabay; collage by Phila Hoopes.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you sense with David Korten that spiritual activists can be buttressed by a consciousness that recognizes the sacredness of creation along with the demand to act and to act together? How does that translate into the upcoming November elections?
Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action
By Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson, and Jen Listug
In the midst of global fire, earthquake and flood – as species are going extinct every day and national and global economies totter – the planet doesn’t need another church or religion. What it needs is a new Order, grounded in the Wisdom traditions of both East and West, including science and indigenous. An Order of the Sacred Earth united in one sacred vow: “I promise to be the best lover and defender of the Earth that I can be.”
Co-authored by Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson, and Jennifer Berit Listug, with a forward by David Korten, this collection of essays by 21 spiritual visionaries including Brian Swimme, Mirabai Starr, Theodore Richards, and Kristal Parks marks the founding of the diverse and inclusive Order of the Sacred Earth, a community now evolving around the world.
“The Order of the Sacred Earth not only calls us home to our true nature as Earth, but also offers us invaluable guidance and company on the way.” ~~ Joanna Macy, environmental activist and author of Active Hope.