It turns out that environmentalists have their own form of penance and ablutions: river and beach cleanups.
Every time any one of us is hurt—black or white, human or not—it wounds us all. The waves of pain ripple outward, often times overturning only the vessels of the victims’ loved ones, and concentrating the pain there. Other times these waves become great tsunamis of anger and frustration, which wash over the whole world. And rarely, but it does happen, these seismic sea waves sweep away the systems of injustice that have been pulling us apart and injuring us one and all. Here is praying that this is one of those moments.
Unlike the western concept of God, Gaia is not all-knowing, all-powerful, or all good. Instead Gaia is limited in power, in sentience, and is abenevolent. In other words, unlike God, Gaia is vulnerable. And we are in direct relationship with Her. How does that shape this philosophy? And our understanding of suffering?
What is the role of Gaian groups? Connecting and healing. Connecting us to Gaia and each other and also healing us and Gaia. We live in a broken world, and much of that is caused by how we treat Gaia and each other. But we can change that. This week’s reflection explores four main purposes of local Gaian groups.