In light of the recent protests for racial justice we took the opportunity to reflect. Every religion and worldview must account for basic questions such as: Who are we? Where did we come from?

The image of Gaia reflects unity: there is one Earth, of which we are all a part. Within that unity, there is a vast (though tragically diminishing) biological diversity; within the human family there is racial and cultural diversity. We celebrate that diversity, and in recognition of our fundamental unity, we work for equity in solidarity with our fellows.

The Gaian perspective is evolutionary and ecological. All life on Earth is likely descended from one single-celled organism. Life evolved over eons, with diverse species in reciprocal relationships. Humanity emerged in this process. We are all one family.

We prize science as a way of knowing Gaia and all of which Gaia is composed. Modern science finds no significant biological differences among the various races of humankind. Racial differences are almost entirely a social construction. This in no way diminishes their significance; humans are social animals, and our social structures have consequences that are very real.

We derive our sense of justice from Gaia: we come from the Earth, we return to the Earth, and for the time that we are alive on the Earth, we should share the Earth. Ecological thinking entails a systems approach. Social systems which privilege one race over another are a perversion of Gaia’s order, having developed for the purpose of extracting resources from the Earth to disproportionately benefit an elite few.

Gaians oppose racism; we work to dismantle the current systems of racial supremacy and to establish a more just, equitable, and sustainable society.

This is a working document, crafted by Bart Everson. We welcome your comments, suggestions, expansions, and improvements below.

7 Responses

  1. Bart Everson

    This notion of “Gaia’s order” needs to be investigated, interrogated, explicated. Any concept of order and deviance is fraught with potential for abuse and misunderstanding.

  2. Thomas I. Ellis

    Thank you for this. I would like to contribute one very Gaian quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. that sums it all up very succinctly:

    “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” This sentence (from the Letter from Birmingham Jail) could in itself serve as a summation of Gaianity.

  3. Dexter

    Will there be any proof of this unity? When will the browns come forward and pioneer with all of the white gaia speakers? Or will this just be what they say until we all enter like everything else? MLK, he was a brilliant man but also, he was a person who like many no matter what race, died at a young age for going against the grain.

    Is it possible to really see the unity or will the people therein be non-practicing gaia participants!? It is so hard to believe there is unity in any place, sect. Human people are like the Lion. Come soft, fight hard.

    • Erik Assadourian

      Excellent questions to which I admit I have no answers. I do hope that Gaian (and thus globally focused) spiritual communities not only move beyond superficial differences between skin colors and cultures, but even beyond anthropocentrism and human supremacy.

  4. Calin Bretz

    What happens to this religion when we go to mars?

    • Erik Assadourian

      Not sure if that’s in jest or serious, but I’ll assume the latter.
      First: we will never live on Mars as we humans are too fragile and too dependent on our living planet (and the countless bacteria, viruses, fungi and other life that make up our bodies and environment) for long-term living on a dead planet. But assuming we get beyond our adolescence and terraform other planets (a process that’d take millions of years) the goal would not be for us to live there, but to serve as midwives to the birth of new living planets, complete with their own complex webs of life. Yes, homo sapiens are no longer the center of the story, but that is when we earn our name (wise)–as we are not nor never were the center of this planet or our solar system or the universe.

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