Monday, March 26, 2007

Eco-spirituality & Action

About the facilitator, Angela Manno

Reading List and Links for Classes 1 - 6 (link to separate page at

Reading List and Links for Eco-spirituality & Action Classes

Throughout the course we will be reading primarily from the following books and articles. It is highly recommended that you purchase these books both for the course, as well as for continued reading. It is understood that finances or time may not permit reading of all the suggested materials, but even a portion of what is listed will help prepare you for the in-class activities, which will be fun and enlightening. So come as prepared as you can to get the most out of the sessions!

1. Awakening Universe, Emerging Personhood: The Power of Contemplation in an Evolving Universe by Mary Conrow Cohelo

2. The Global Brain: Speculations on the Evolutionary Leap to Planetary Consciousness by Peter Russell

3. The Dream of the Earth &

4. The Great Work by Thomas Berry

5. The Path of Least Resistance: Principles for Creating What you Want to Create by Robert Fritz

6. Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future by Duane Elgin

7. Changing Worldview and Friends Testimonies, Quaker Eco-Bulletin

Readings for Individual Classes:

Class I - The Living Earth:

The Global Brain, pgs: 19-33; Click here for downloadable text

Gaia: An Atlas of Planet Management, pgs 12-21. Click here for downloadable text

Class II - Cosmology & Consciousness:

Awakening Universe. Emerging Personhood, pgs: 1-62 (The Epic of Evolution); The Dream of the Earth, Chapter 3: Human Presence (pgs 13-23).

Changing Worldview and Friends Testimonies, Quaker Eco-Bulletin

Class III – Creativity:

The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz, Part I (Fundamental Principles) pgs 3-66

The Universe Story by Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, pgs 54-61

The Dream of the Earth, pgs 194-215 “The Dream of the Earth: Our Way into the Future”

Awakening Universe. Emerging Personhood, pgs: 299-379 (The Contemplative Journey and its Fruition)

Class IV - The State of the World:

Plan B: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble by Lester Brown pgs 3—19 & pgs 203-206

“The Breaking Point,” Interview with Duane Elgin

Mending the Earth: A World for Our Grandchildren The entire book is recommended but chapter 9 contains examples of several out of thousands of existing projects offering alternatives in a few sectors, specifically housing, water purification and food and energy production.

Solviva Greenhouse & Greenhome

Living Machines


Class V - The Great Work.

The Great Work by Thomas Berry, pages 1-11, “The Great Work”; 56-71 “The Viable Human”; 101-106, “Ethics and Ecology” 159-175; “Reinventing the Human” and “The Dynamics of the Future”;

The Dream of the Earth, pgs 36-49 “The Ecological Age”

The Universe Story pgs 241-268 (The Ecozoic Era & Epilogue)

“The Great Turning as Compass and Lens” by Joanna Macy

Also highly recommended:

The Earth Charter and/or World Charter for Nature

The Nature Amendment by Marshall Massey at

Massey's website is a wealth of insight and inspiration. I encourage you to explore it fully.

“Confessions of an Earth Quaker”

Class VI – Action.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

Neighborhood Energy Network